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Information Sciences Letters

Information Sciences Letters

Abstract

The present paper aims to examine the impact of leaders emotional intelligence (self-awareness, emotional management, and emotional sensitivity) on employee retention in private universities in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The research adopted the descriptive analytical quantitative approach to answer the research questions and to test the hypotheses. The population comprised (632) employees with leadership positions (academic and/or management responsibilities) in 10 private universities in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The questionnaire was prepared in light of previous studies. 300 questionnaires were distributed through self-administered survey. 278 employees with leadership positions (presidents, vice-presidents, deans, vice deans, heads of departments and other directors) responded giving a response rate (92.6%). The analysis was conducted using multiple and simple regression to test the hypotheses. The results indicated that leaders’ emotional intelligence had a significant impact on employee retention in private universities in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Furthermore, self-awareness had the most impact on employee retention, followed by emotional sensitivity, and emotional management.

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