International Journal of Entrepreneurship (Print ISSN: 1099-9264; Online ISSN: 1939-4675)

Abstract

Does Emotional Intelligence Affect Attainment of Strategic Goals of Small Scale Enterprises (SCEs) in Developing Economies?

Author(s): Lovlyn Ekeowa Kelvin-ILoafu, Bamidele S. Adeleke, Rasheed A. Adekitan, Ada-John Cordelia Nwonye, Maureen Chiegeonu Ngwu

The relationship between emotional intelligence and employees performance has continued to be the most fundamental issue that small scale enterprises in many developing economies like Nigeria continue to find solutions to so as to enhance the overall performance of the process. The study therefore, investigates the effect of cognitive ability of employees on the achievement of goals of the Nigerian small scale enterprises. The study utilized survey design, to gather data from five hundred and fifty four respondents who were staff of ten selected small scale enterprises in south west, Nigeria. The data collected through the closed ended questionnaires were tested with linear regression at 0.05 level of significance. The finding revealed that cognitive ability affect positively on the employees’ achievement of goals in the Nigerian small scale enterprises. Informed by this finding, the study concluded that emotional intelligence practices can be employed to achieve advanced goals and performance in the Nigerian small scale business sector. The study advised that the management of small scale enterprises in Nigeria should be resolute in observing the culture of establishing sound emotional stability on their employees. This will enable the organisation to achieve sustainability in employees’ achievement of given task and would improve swift employees’ utilizations of practices in the achievement of goals.