Corresponding Author

Brian W. Lebeck


Emotional Intelligence (EI) and its impact on performance is of paramount importance to both the corporate world and military in the realm of leadership development. The purpose of this study was to understand how specific EI skills and behaviors are exhibited by high performing graduates of an in-residence Professional Military Education school, which primarily focuses on leadership development and effectiveness. The sample consisted of 621 military officers taking part in an in-residence professional military education course. EI was measured using the Emotional Skills Assessment self-report instrument. Findings suggested that certain dimensions of EI (commitment ethic, empathy, leadership, and aggression) can predict performance outcomes, but that they only account for 8.6% of the total variance of the dependent variable (performance outcomes).