The Role of Emotional Intelligence on Entrepreneurs’ Perception of Success

15 Pages Posted: 13 May 2014

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Haibo Zhou

University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Isabel Estrada

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business

Ana Bojica

University of Granada

Date Written: April 23, 2014

Abstract

This study contributes to the entrepreneurship literature by introducing emotional intelligence as an additional factor that explains how entrepreneurs perceive their own success. Using survey data from 112 Dutch entrepreneurs, we find that emotionally intelligent entrepreneurs are more likely to judge their entrepreneurial success using the following criteria: employee satisfaction, social responsibility, personal satisfaction, customer satisfaction and business performance. Furthermore, not all EI dimensions are equally relevant to explain the phenomenon. We find that "regulation of emotion in others" seems to be the most important dimension, whereas "emotion in others" seems to be the less relevant one.

Keywords: Emotional intelligence, success criteria

Suggested Citation

Zhou, Haibo and Estrada, Isabel and Bojica, Ana, The Role of Emotional Intelligence on Entrepreneurs’ Perception of Success (April 23, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2436333 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2436333

Haibo Zhou (Contact Author)

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Isabel Estrada

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business ( email )

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Netherlands

Ana Bojica

University of Granada ( email )

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Granada, Granada 18071
Spain

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