This paper examines whether responsible leadership mediates the link between the emotional intelligence of team leaders and two outcomes as perceived by followers: leader effectiveness and team effectiveness. A quantitative approach was used in the present study. Data were collected from 242 board members, serving in 24 teams in sport organizations in the UK. The results showed emotionally intelligent team leaders are perceived as more effective by subordinates. Emotionally intelligent team leaders are more effective because they exhibit responsible leadership behaviors. In addition, responsible leadership mediated the relationships between emotional intelligence and variable outcomes: leader effectiveness and team effectiveness. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed, together with limitations and ideas for future research.
|Number of pages
|International Journal of Sport Management
|Published - 20 Jan 2019