Emotional Intelligence in Project Management


“PMs that master emotional intelligence will set themselves apart from other PMs._ (Mersino,2006)”

“Project management is getting work done through others.”_ (Mersino,2006)”

“As a Project Manager, you live or die by your resources.” _ (Mersino,2006)”

Emotion:“ A mental state that arises spontaneously rather than through

Conscious effort and is often accompanied by physiological changes; a

feeling: the emotions of joy, sorrow, reverence, hate, and love.”

(The American Heritage Dictionary)

The SASHE Families of Emotions includes:

– 3 “negative” families of emotions: sad, angry, and scared.

– 3 “positive” families of emotions: happy, excited, and tender.

Emotional Intelligence (EI):“the ability to monitor one’s own and others’

Feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and action.”

(Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer)

Emotional Intelligence (EI): “the abilities to recognize and regulate emotions in ourselves and in others.”

(Daniel Goleman and Gary Cherniss)

Mersino adapted Goleman’s framework to focus on the most relevant

Competencies of EI for project managers. It includes 5 domains:

Emotional intelligence can help PMs to:

– develop stakeholder relationships that will help in  the project’s success

– anticipate and avoid emotional breakdowns

– deal with difficult team members and manage conflict well

– leverage emotional information to make better decisions

– communicate more effectively

– create a positive work environment and high team morale

– cast a vision for shared project objectives that will attract, inspire, and

   motivate the project team


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