Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Wickam, Molly


Since the concept of emotional intelligence was first introduced, it has been developed, adapted and embraced by both business and academia. Emotional intelligence skills have been strongly associated with dynamic leadership, satisfying personal life experiences and success in the workplace. Despite the call from business for educational innovation and college and career readiness, America continues to fall short in preparing its students with the skills necessary for postsecondary life. Many businesses state that recent graduates are not prepared with the essential interpersonal and soft skills, known as emotional intelligence, that are needed to succeed in the workplace. The purpose of this literature review was to determine if emotional intelligence training could help prepare business students for the workplace and future success. Four components of emotional intelligence in preparing business students for a successful career were discussed: self-efficacy, decision making, development of leadership skills, and collaboration. Emotional intelligence interventions and training have shown that emotional intelligence programs produce beneficial results for students’ overall career readiness and academic success. Emotional intelligence needs to be incorporated into high school business education curricula in order to develop our future business leaders.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis