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The Role of Curriculum and Emotional Intelligence in Shaping Leadership Skills: A Case of University Students in Pakistan

Mehwish Khan |
Department of Education SZABIST Karachi |
Volume: 2 | Issue : 2 (2023/12/01)


Introduction: The current study delves into the influence of existing curricular events and activities for emotional intelligence development and core leadership skills amongst the undergraduate students of higher educational institutes. Notably, the educational curriculum in Pakistan seems to lack adequate focus on nurturing emotional intelligence and leadership attributes.

Problem Statement:  This study addresses the gap in the current educational curriculum in Pakistan concerning to the core development of the students’ emotional intelligence and leadership qualities. It aims to investigate the state of these attributes and their relationship with curricular activities.

Methodology: To achieve the research objectives, participants were drawn from students majoring in pure social sciences, specifically those pursuing Bachelor of Science programs in Education and International Relations. A representative sample was ensured through the use of a random sampling technique. Data was collected from two universities, BBSUL and FUUAST in Karachi, Pakistan, with the distribution and completion of survey questionnaires aided by academic and student participation. Goleman's Mixed Model of Emotional Intelligence, use as a self-measure was selected as the primary instrument for data collection, particularly suitable for early educational stages.

Results: Findings of the research study uncover that students in the early stages of their education exhibit higher levels of emotional intelligence compared to students in later educational stages. This suggests a discrepancy in emotional development across different educational phases.

Recommendations: The results of this study emphasize the need to enhance and align university curricula to foster leadership qualities effectively by incorporating emotional intelligence development in tertiary education. These recommendations aim to bridge the current gap in emphasizing these crucial skills at the university level.

Keywords: Leadership, Trait Emotional Intelligence, University Student