Collective Emotional Intelligence (CEI): Not Just the Sum of Individual EI
Summary. Collaborative learning and teamwork play a significant role in learning and work performance. Collective Emotional Intelligence (CEI) has positive effects on learning and performance dynamics in learning and collaborating teams, which reinforces EI as a contributing factor to successful organizational behavior. Therefore, the potential of CEI should be harnessed by further integrating it into work-relevant learning curriculums.
Team Learning for Team Performance
Despite or because of the controversy related to how Emotional Intelligence (EI) is positively influencing performance, potential beneficiaries such as Learning & Development and HR functions need to be considerate about what measures they take . Organizational requirements shifted increasingly towards increased requirements for team work . Similarly, in educational settings, collaborative learning is considered playing a decisive role in learning performance . EI is a concept that is associating affect, cognition, and socialization . It is possible to develop, e.g., through cooperative learning as several studies found  . Team based learning becomes most effective if sufficient female participation in teams is created, which brings in the female tendency for increased emotional awareness and male’s heightened appetite to proactively guide the team . Researchers suggests that emotional intelligence can culturally differ, following the logic that the social environment, as it is the topic of social cognitive theories, determines how for what emotions awareness and regulations are created .
Collective Emotional Intelligence (CEI) as a Team Ability
Studies confirm the correlation between the gender ratio and collective intelligence . They define Collective Emotional Intelligence (CEI) as a group’s ability to create a collectively normed management and expression of emotions and emphasize its importance for teamwork quality . It becomes evident that there is an interrelationship between the positive effect that EI can have on aspects of dynamics in learning teams , which reinforces EI as a contributing factor to successful organizational behavior . Individual EI without integration into the group context is not a guarantee for teamwork as emotionally intelligent individuals may situationally choose competition over cooperation, depending on their strategic benefit assessment .
Reported decreases in empathy over time in medical school were successfully addressed by implementing further team based learning . And another example represents the reported need for and success of EI as an integral part of work-relevant learning curriculums . It will be interesting how evidenced-based research and organizational needs will stimulate each other.
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