In a new paper titled, Supervisor Emotionally Intelligent Behavior and Employee Creativity, published in the Journal of Creative Behavior, Zorana Ivcevic, Julia Moeller, Jochen Menges and Marc Brackett, find a relationship between essentially the level of supervisor emotional intelligence and factors associated with creative behavior. Basically, emotionally intelligent supervisors may impact the creativity of their employees in positive ways. Based on their findings, the authors state:
Interestingly, I was reading a book on management about five years ago (Of course, I can’t remember the title right now.), but one of the main points of the book was that Chinese men raised in China make better leaders in business than men raised in the West. The main reason for the author’s assertion was that being raised in Chinese culture led to a higher level of emotional intelligence than in the West. Notably, emotionally intelligence can be taught to some extent. Moreover, this may have strong implications for creativity in the workplace.