The State of Emotional Intelligence of Principals in Government Primary School in Bole Sub City

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The purpose of this study was to assess the state of emotional intelligence of principal in government primary schools in Bole sub city. This study measured the emotional intelligence of principals using the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal tool. A descriptive survey research design was used to achieve the objectives of the study. The research participants were 31 principals and 121 teachers who work in government primary schools in Bole sub city. For the purpose of this study standardized questionnaires were used. To measure the emotional intelligence of the primary school principals the researcher used The Emotional Intelligence Self-Appraisal tool was used: which measures the following five categories of emotional intelligence: (1) self– awareness, (2) self–management, (3) social awareness, (4) relationship management, and (5) overall emotional intelligence. The data analysis has been done using different statistical techniques like, mean, standard deviation and IBM SPSS version 21. The results of this research indicated that emotional intelligence has a positive effect on principals’ leadership performance. This supports the body of research that emotional intelligence has a positive effect on leadership performance. In addition there was a difference score between primary school principals and teachers rating. When age and years of experience compared to emotional intelligence it does not have a significant effect on leadership performance. Thus Implementation of EI in any organization by a leader to be effective and efficient plays a vital role to leadership skill. Therefore school principals need to work on their emotional intelligence considering the effect that their EI skill has an impact on their educational leadership skill and successes in their working environment