Is emotional intelligence worthwhile?: Assessing incremental validity and adverse impact

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Title: Is emotional intelligence worthwhile?: Assessing incremental validity and adverse impact
Author: Rhodes, Dana Lanay
Abstract: Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to perceive emotion , understand emotion , facilitate thought with emotion , and regulate emotion . Considerable debate exists as to whether emotional intelligence adds incremental validity above more wellknown predictors of performance , namely the Big Five personality traits and cognitive ability . Furthermore , no theory directly specifies the roles of separate emotional intelligence (EI ) dimensions in relationship to job performance . This paper offers several contributions : (a ) a summary of theoretical links between EI and job performance , (b ) meta -analytic incremental validity estimation for two different conceptualizations of emotional intelligence ? labeled ability EI and mixed EI ? over and above cognitive ability and Big Five personality composites , (c ) estimation of Black -White and femalemale adverse impact attributable to the use of EI for selection purposes , and (d ) a theoretical model of EI subdimensions , demonstrating that emotion regulation mediates the effects of emotion perception and emotion understanding on job performance , and that emotional competencies serve as partial mechanisms for the effects of Conscientiousness and cognitive ability on performance .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -3058
Date: 2009-05-15

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Is emotional intelligence worthwhile?: Assessing incremental validity and adverse impact. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -3058 .

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