Title

The Effect of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Behavior on Emergency Staff Nurses’ Workplace Empowerment and Organizational Commitment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Journal

Nursing Leadership

Volume

22

Issue

1

First Page

70

Last Page

85

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to test a model exploring the relationships among emotionally intelligent leadership behaviour, workplace empowerment and commitment. A predictive, non-experimental design was used to test the model in a random sample of 300 emergency staff nurses working in Ontario. A path analysis supported the fully mediated hypothesized model (χ2=2.3, df=1, p > .05; CFI=.99, IFI=.99, RMSEA=.08). Perceived emotionally intelligent leadership behaviour had a strong direct effect on structural empowerment (β=.54), which in turn had a strong direct effect on organizational commitment (β=.61).