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The Contribution of Emotional Intelligence to Career Success: Beyond Personality Traits

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Faculty of Psychology and Education, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Spain
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Faculty of Psychology, University of Málaga, 29016 Málaga, Spain
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Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbao, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(23), 4809; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234809
Received: 22 October 2019 / Revised: 20 November 2019 / Accepted: 25 November 2019 / Published: 29 November 2019
This study sought to investigate the role of emotional intelligence in both extrinsic and intrinsic career success in early and later career stages. Specifically, we examined the predictive and incremental validity of emotional intelligence in career success after controlling for personality factors in a sample of 271 graduates. When analyzing extrinsic career success, regression analyses revealed that demographic variables, such as gender, age, area of study and career stage, and the variable of proactive personality, were related to salary. When the dependent variable was job satisfaction, emotional intelligence acted as a strong predictor, even when personality traits and proactive personality were controlled. These findings provide preliminary evidence that emotional intelligence is a relevant addition to guide the achievement of career success. Finally, limitations of the results and implications of these findings are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: emotional intelligence; career success; big five personality traits; proactive personality; early and later career; sociodemographic factors emotional intelligence; career success; big five personality traits; proactive personality; early and later career; sociodemographic factors
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Urquijo, I.; Extremera, N.; Azanza, G. The Contribution of Emotional Intelligence to Career Success: Beyond Personality Traits. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4809.

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