Development of Managers’ Emotional Competencies: Mind-Body Training Implications

Gruicic, D. and Benton, S. 2015. Development of Managers’ Emotional Competencies: Mind-Body Training Implications. European Journal of Training and Development. 39 (9), pp. 798-814. doi:10.1108/EJTD-04-2015-0026

TitleDevelopment of Managers’ Emotional Competencies: Mind-Body Training Implications
AuthorsGruicic, D. and Benton, S.
Abstract

Purpose
– This paper aims to research about the effect of mind–body training on the development of emotional competencies of managers.

Design/methodology/approach
– Quasi-experimental design, i.e. before and after (test–retest).

Findings
– Results showed that the experimental group, after training, achieved around 15 per cent higher scores compared to results before training on all three subscales of an emotional skills and competence questionnaire (ESCQ-45), a statistically significant improvement in scores. The control group (no training) scores showed no significant difference. This result indicates support for the view that emotional intelligence may be treated as a competency and is responsive to training programmes.

Research limitations/implications
– Emotional competencies are still a contested concept. The participants may provide socially desirable responses because of the self-assessment questionnaires. The sample is not a representative sample of European managers; hence, there is a limited generalisability of the results.

Practical implications
– These research findings indicate Mind–body training is a practical method for people to improve the management of their emotions, and hence impact positively on core organisational activities.

Originality/value
– This is the first research on this mind-body training (emotional relief technique) in an eight-week programme in a management context. The findings indicate the positive impact that can be achieved on emotional competencies scores from this method of self-development.

KeywordsEmotional intelligence, Managers, Emotional competencies, Mind-body training, Quasi experiment, Self-development
JournalEuropean Journal of Training and Development
Journal citation39 (9), pp. 798-814
ISSN2046-9012
Year2015
PublisherEmerald
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1108/EJTD-04-2015-0026
Publication dates
Published2015

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