Learning through Transitions: Exploring the Relationships between Emotional Intelligence Competencies and Learning Agility

Oscar E Arias, University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

The recent global pandemic in 2020 and numerous other political, economic, social, technological, environmental, and legal factors have heightened the importance of individuals developing emotional intelligence and learning agility. This phenomenological qualitative dissertation research study explored the perceptions of 35 management consultants in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa regarding learning experiences in new and challenging situations. Qualitative data were analyzed using an inductive and deductive thematic analysis. Two key findings emerged from this study: 1) Emotional intelligence competencies at the individual level facilitate learning new competencies quickly while flexibly integrating lessons from previous experiences into new and challenging situations; 2) Metacognitive Awareness, Self-Efficacy, and Psychological Safety influence learning quickly and flexibility from workplace experience. This study offers insights regarding how emotional intelligence competencies and learning agility enable individuals to transform themselves and adapt new learning behaviors in new and challenging situation and evolving business environments.

Subject Area

Educational psychology|Educational leadership

Recommended Citation

Arias, Oscar E, "Learning through Transitions: Exploring the Relationships between Emotional Intelligence Competencies and Learning Agility" (2021). Dissertations available from ProQuest. AAI28776545.
https://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI28776545

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