The Role Of EI In Effective Leadership, In The Context Of Saudi Arab: A Systematic Review

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Atif Mohammed Saad Alsaedi, Areej Omar Alsabbak, Arisha Qayyum, Faizah Ayedh Almutairi, Fawaz Mohammed Al-Zaidi , Abdulrahman Alshehri , Hanan Hussien Saad Al Ahmari , Dalal Othman Mohammed Adawi , Nourah O Alotaibi, Abdulrahman F Almutairi ,
Mashael S Alsogyani


Background: The field of Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a growing field reflecting its effectiveness in different professions and institutes. There is little evidence available to seek a comprehensive role of EI in effective leadership. This study explores the role of EI in effective leadership.

Aim: The aim of this study is to investigate how the component of EI plays an effective role in leadership, in the context of Saudi Arab.

Method: For the purpose, a systematic approach was employed to identify and select relevant studies from key databases. Inclusion and exclusion criteria ensured the consideration of studies published within 05 years that examined the role of EI for effective leadership. Data extraction and analysis were conducted to synthesize findings from 11 selected studies.

Results: In total 130 articles were explored and only 03 were found very relevant and 28 somewhat relevant based on inclusion criteria. Findings revealed that EI play a key role in any field specifically in effective leadership and leadership skills including empathy, self-management, and self-awareness. However, limitations including selection bias were acknowledged.

Conclusion: The study concludes that EI can enhance the leadership role and can bring very significant advancement in the field of leadership. Since, there was no studies found that studied exclusively EI in relation with effective leadership.

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