Emotional competence: A key leadership competence for university students

Tan Lei Shek, Man Sze Ma

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In the leadership literature, emotional competence is commonly regarded as an important quality of an effective leader. In this paper, the basic concepts and theories of emotional competence are introduced. The role of emotional competence in positive youth development and effective leadership is described. To help students appreciate the importance of emotional competence, a lecture on emotional competence was developed in a subject entitled "Tomorrow's Leaders" at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The objectives, intended learning outcomes, lecture outline and lecture materials are presented in this paper. Issues regarding the teaching of emotional competence are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-134
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


  • Chinese
  • emotional competence
  • emotional quotient
  • leadership
  • university students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing


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