Bingham, Kecia Lynee
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Although emotional intelligence (EI) has been touted as a critical success factor for effective leadership there has been little evidence to support such strong claims and no research has reported the consequences of low EI on potential for derailment (PFD). This study used a real work sample to examine if dimensions of trait EI predict leadership/PFD ratings by direct reports. Gender differences in trait EI were found. Gender moderated the trait EI – leadership/PFD relationships. Contrary to claims, only intrapersonal trait EI benefited females and actually harmed male leaders in task-oriented leadership situations. Individual and organization level implications are provided.