The value of emotional intelligence training for leaders at Goedgevonden Colliery

Longueira, Manuel (2014-12)

Thesis (MBA)--Stellenbosch University, 2014.


ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Emotional intelligence has been a much debated topic in leadership circles globally, since the idea was first conceived in the 1970s, and later made popular by Goleman in the 1990s (Goleman, 1995: 5). In an endeavour to effect a culture change at the Glencore SA operations, a process of emotional intelligence (EI) training has been rolled out to the leadership at the mining operations over the past four years. This has met with varying degrees of success, but it begs the question: What is the value of this training, and how effective is it expected to be? This research set out to assess the correlation between the results in productivity and safety, with that of the exposure of emotional intelligence to the leadership at the Goedgevonden (GGV) coal mining operation. To this end, this research sought to develop a view of the levels of emotional intelligence, or the lack thereof, prior to any form of intervention, and to draw comparisons with the present EI levels. The hypothesis being: EI training of the leadership team at the Goedgevonden operation has significantly improved performance. The research then tested a sample of the GGV leadership for their emotional intelligence quotient using a commercially available test. These test results have been included in the findings. The concept of group emotional intelligence (GEI) was studied in the course of the literature review, and it was further deemed pertinent to examine this concept as to its relevance at the Goedgevonden operation. Tests were conducted with two teams. A distinct disparity arose from the findings of the team emotional tests, which did not correlate with the similar training to which both teams had been exposed. The findings of the team emotional tests also correlated significantly with the performance of the two teams over the past three years. A ten percent discrepancy in performance exists, as with a very similar percentage in test scores. A strong sense of need for emotional intelligence training evolved from the interview process. More significantly, was the need for this training to be aimed at the lower levels of the organisation, as well as for this training to incorporate a strong element of team EI. These aspects are both articulated in the recommendations also.

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