HomeLEAPS: Miriam College Faculty Research Journalvol. 28 no. 1 (2007)

Emotional Intelligence and Transformational Leadership of Student Leaders and Non-Leaders

Analiza G. Soriano

Discipline: Psychology, Social Studies



This study examined the personality, emotional intelligence and transformational leadership behaviors of student leaders and non-leaders of Miriam College.


The participants took the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire, Baron Emotional Intelligence Inventory and the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire. Descriptive, correlational and discriminant statistical analyses were employed in examining the data.


Findings indicated that student leaders and non-leaders were different in the personality factors namely Reasoning, Emotional Stability, Dominance, Social Boldness and Openness to Change. Student leaders obtained higher scores than the non-leaders group in terms of emotional intelligence and transformational leadership behaviors. Furthermore, the combination of some factors distinguished leaders from the non-leaders at the optimal level. Student leaders and non-leaders were substantially differentiated by the combination of certain factors of personality (Social Boldness and Liveliness), emotional intelligence (Intrapersonal) and transformational leadership behaviors (Individualized Consideration). Implications of the findings were discussed for its possible use for student leadership development.