Working with Emotionally Intelligent People: I am ‘Energized to’ be More Proactive

Kelly Z. Peng, Guohua Emily Huang, Chi Sum Wong

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    Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to handle emotions and emotional issues. Emotions are inherently social. However, EI research has predominantly focused on the effect of EI on individuals' own outcomes. We are keen on the knowledge about the interpersonal process of EI. That is, how others' EI influences a focal individual in a team context. Using the theory of EI (Mayer, & Salovey, 1997), and the model of proactive motivation (Parker, Bindl, & Strauss, 2010), we propose a conceptual model to explain how team composition of EI influences a focal employee's positive and negative affect, which in turn influences his/her proactive behaviour. Additionally, we suggest the focal employee's EI is an important condition to both the link between team composition of EI and the focal employee's affect and the link between affect and proactivity. The proposed model aims to enlighten future research on the interpersonal processes of EI and proactivity in workplaces.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings 2018
    PublisherAcademy of Management
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018
    Event78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2018: Improving Lives - Chicago, United States
    Duration: 10 Aug 201814 Aug 2018 (Conference website) (Conference proceedings)

    Publication series

    NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
    PublisherAcademy of Management
    ISSN (Print)0065-0668
    ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561


    Conference78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2018
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Internet address


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