Emotional intelligence: Factorial structure and construct validity across cultures

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This study empirically examines the construct of emotional Intelligence (EI) cross-culturally. Participants (N = 200) from Germany (N = 100) and India (N = 100) completed the Emotional Intelligence Scale, NEO-Five Factor Personality Inventory (Form-S) and Hofstede's Value Survey (Module 94). The major objectives of the study were to examine cross-culturally (a) the factor structure of EI, and (b) the construct of EI as distinct from personality. Results revealed different factor structures for these two cultures, and the construct of EI failed to correlate with the dimensions of personality. Implications of the findings for leadership in a specific culture as well as across different cultures are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Cross Cultural Management
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)217-236
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 08.2009

    Research areas

  • Business psychology - Big Five, Construct validity, Emotional intelligence, Factorial structure, Germany, India, Personality