Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




A common topic referenced in leadership books and articles is how to be an effective leader. Many of these resources suggest high emotional intelligence is related to effective leadership. In addition, they reference transformational leadership as being highly effective. The purpose of this integrative literature review is to provide an overview, critique and synthesis of past research that looks at the relationship between emotional intelligence and transformational leadership. This analysis includes thoroughly examining the existing controversies of these two theories and providing suggestions for future research so this field of study can continue to evolve and provide value to the leadership field.


SC 11.MAL.2010.Ellingso.K