Thursday, October 13, 2011

Book on emotionally intelligent leadership in Higher Ed


Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 243 pp., num. tables, pb. ISBN 978-3-0343-1001-7

It is widely accepted that the success of higher education institutions is dependent on effective competent leaders and leadership. There is also growing evidence to support the proposition that emotional intelligence is strongly linked to effective leadership in the higher education setting. Additionally, the premise that emotional intelligence can influence an individual’s job satisfaction is well supported. This book details the findings from an explicit examination of the relevance and interrelationships between emotional intelligence, leadership practice and job satisfaction in a higher education context. A mixed mode case study approach comprising eleven cases was used to investigate four research questions. Qualitative and quantitative data was collected through interviews, surveys and a parametric test designed to assess individuals’ emotional intelligence. Twelve emotional intelligence capabilities articulating the relevance of emotional intelligence for effective leadership in higher education is presented as is a model illustrating the specific elements and interelationships between job satisfaction, emotional intelligence and effective leadership. Finally, a framework for developing emotionally intelligent leadership capacity in higher education is outlined.


Review of emotional intelligence, job satisfaction and leadership in higher education literature – Research design and methodological approach adopted in this leadership investigation – Findings from the eleven case studies in this research investigation – Analysis of the research findings – Discussion of the results and issues eventuating from this research investigation – List of emotional intelligence capabilities for effective leadership in higher education – A framework for developing emotionally intelligent leadership – A model illustrating the interrelationships between job satisfaction, emotional intelligence and effective leadership in higher education.

Dominique Parrish graduated from the University of Wollongong in 1984 with a Diploma in Teaching. In 1990, she was awarded a Bachelor of Education from Edith Cowan University and in 2000 a Master of Education from the University of Wollongong. In 2011, she earned a PhD from the University of Wollongong.
Dominique Parrish founded Learning Achievements and Solutions, a small business that contracts to small and medium enterprises in tertiary institutions. She has recently taken up a role in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Wollongong as the Director of Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience.

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