Title: Tactics of handling interpersonal conflict through emotional intelligence

Authors: Yasir Tanveer; Anum Tariq; Umair Akram; Muhammad Bilal

Addresses: Lyallpur Business School, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan ' School of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, No. 10, Xitucheng Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100876, China ' Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, No. 5, Yiheyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100871, China ' School of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, No. 10, Xitucheng Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100876, China

Abstract: This paper aims to investigate the relationship of team leader's emotional intelligence (EI) with indirect intervention of five conflict-handling styles on interpersonal conflict. Totally, 213 out of 300 team leaders completed a paper-based questionnaire with 71% return rate. SPSS 23 and PROCESS MACRO to test mediation, 5,000 times bootstrapping with cross-sectional research design was used. Results show that EI is negatively and significantly associated with interpersonal conflict. High EI team leaders are better able to address interpersonal conflict. Furthermore, integrating style mediated relationship between EI and interpersonal conflict. This study provides a broad insight for leader's EI abilities and conflict management techniques. It contributes to the literature by identifying significance of EI for team leader and its effects on interpersonal conflict through five handling styles in a non-western context. This study enhances understanding of conflict situations and appropriate style selection to cater interpersonal conflict in telecom industry of Pakistan.

Keywords: emotional intelligence; conflict handling styles; interpersonal conflict; team leader.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISCM.2019.107514

International Journal of Information Systems and Change Management, 2019 Vol.11 No.3/4, pp.211 - 227

Received: 10 Jun 2019
Accepted: 23 Jan 2020

Published online: 28 May 2020 *

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