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Equipping Airmen For Success: The Importance of Emotional Intelligence and a Review of the USAF'S EI Training and Resources

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This study begins by investigating two questions, To what degree does emotional intelligence EI influence an Airmans ability to lead and follow effectively and, How can enhancing EI help Airmen overcome the challenges associated with accessions, training, and active duty as they ascend in rank and position To answer these questions, the study analyzes emotions, EI, leadership, and followership. Leveraging Daniel Golemans EI Framework, the thesis uses a cross-walk analysis to determine the degree of overlap between EI, leadership, followership, and an Airmans ability to overcome challenges. The analysis suggests that an Airmans emotional intelligence is foundational to hisher ability to lead well, follow effectively, and consistently overcome challenges. With this relationship established, the thesis turns to its primary question, Given the importance of EI, how has the USAF integrated EI into the resources, training, and education provided to its Airmen to equip them to succeed early in their careers and as they ascend in rank and position The curricular materials for several accessions and professional military education programs were reviewed to determine how the USAF currently teaches and trains Airmen in EI. The USAFs guidance and resources were also reviewed to determine the presence of EI in the materials the USAF provides it Airmen. The study concluded that the USAF has considerable room to improve its delivery of EI. The analysis revealed that EI should be taught to Airmen early in their careers be enhanced at each level of PME by presenting a comprehensive, coherent, integrated and progressive EI curricula and that while there are resources available to Airmen in the field, they could be more effectively delivered via a revamped mentoring program.

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  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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