|dc.description.abstract||This study is focused on assessing emotional intelligence as a critical factor for people in
organizational leadership and in the workforce to achieve the desired performance levels
within an organisation. The study setting is in the Zambian Parastatal sector and more
particularly at the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) and the Zambia
Telecommunications Company Limited (ZAMTEL). These are two large companies
whose operations cover the whole nation. Since 1991, when a new government came to
power and liberalized the economy, it has been trying ever since to find a solution to poor
performance of parastatal enterprises. It has managed to privatize a good number of them,
however, there are a few that it considers strategic to the country’s economy, which are
still operating as state owned companies including ZESCO and ZAMTEL which the
government has been looking at critically. The major reason cited by the government and
scholars for the short-comings in these organizations has been that of poor leadership in
their management. It is against this background, that this study attempts to provide a
solution to the problem by identifying emotional intelligence as a critical factor needed
by the leadership of the Zambian parastatal companies to improve organizational
performance. Apparently, emotional intelligence is a new concept in the country and
there is little that has been done in this area of knowledge worth noting. This study
intends to provide more information on the subject and how it can be implemented to
influence effective organizational leaderships.
A literature review was undertaken on emotional intelligence together with instruments
devised to measure it, which have been developed by a number of psychologists. A
theoretical framework on the assessing of emotional intelligence has been provided from
which the questionnaire was developed to bring out the content, predictive and construct
validity. This questionnaire was subjected to internal evaluation by members of the
Copperbelt University’s Department of Business Administration and it was used in a pilot
survey involving the managers at a local company in Kitwe to test for consistency. The
questionnaires were administered to all those managers at the two case study companies
through random sampling to ensure that every manager had equal chance of being picked
as a respondent. It took six months to administer the questionnaires. Thereafter, data was
analysed on how managers assessed themselves and their organizational leadership with
regard to emotional intelligence and how it contributed to the performance of their
organization. The nature and management of the parastatal sector in Zambia has also
After a discussion of the findings that emerged from the available literature, a conclusion
was drawn that emotional intelligence is a critical factor among the other factors needed
to increase organizational performance. Without this, good social relationships and
industrial harmony in the work place would be difficult to achieve and maintain.
Recommendations have been made for both future research and for the organization’s
leadership to consider in its work. This study is focused on assessing emotional
intelligence as a critical factor for those in organizational leadership and in the workforce
to achieve the desired performance in the organization. The study setting is in the
Zambian Parastatal sector and more particularly at the Zambia Electricity Supply
Corporation (ZESCO) and the Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited
(ZAMTEL). These are two large companies whose operations cover the whole nation.
Since 1991, when a new government came to power and liberalized the economy, it has
been trying ever since to find a solution to the poor performance of parastatal enterprises.
It has managed to privatize a good number of them which have gone into private hands.
However, there are a few of them that it considers strategic to the country’s economy,
which are still operating as state owned companies including ZESCO and ZAMTEL. As
these are under-performing, the government has been looking for a solution to this
This research will hopefully make a contribution to knowledge that is both situational in
that it recommends the application of the concept of emotional intelligence to the
parastatal sector and other organizations in Zambia that has not been considered in the
past and in the second place it is methodological in that it provides an assessing
instrument that can be used to determine emotional intelligence in an organization. This
will encourage organizational leadership to institute the necessary interventions to
improve the emotional intelligence and social interactions and relations in the
With an abundance of emotional intelligence in the organization, this study brings to light
Organizations will be able to fulfil their mandates for which they were established
through positive performance.
This positive performance will be achieved through an effective and emotionally
intelligent leadership in its management structures that will create an open and
conducive work environment.
There is a need for an organizational leadership that motivates and inspires the
subordinates and that brings out the best in their work performance and to expected
The study has provided suggestions on how emotional intelligence can be
developed and enhanced in the organization.
There is a need to promote the use, understanding and application of emotional
intelligence so that it may lead to better performance and better relationships
between the organizations’ stakeholders.
There is also a need to increase the level of awareness in Zambia of the crucial role
of emotional intelligence as a social lubricant in the promotion of good human and
social relations and productivity.||en