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Predicting Job Satisfaction in Military Organizations: Unpacking the Relationship between Emotional Intelligence, Teamwork Communication, and Job Attitudes in Spanish Military Cadets

Version 1 : Received: 22 September 2019 / Approved: 23 September 2019 / Online: 23 September 2019 (07:40:31 CEST)

How to cite: Valor-Segura, I.; Navarro-Carrillo, G.; Extremera, N.; Lozano Fernández, L.M.; García-Guiu, C.; Roldán Bravo, M.I.; Ruiz Moreno, A. Predicting Job Satisfaction in Military Organizations: Unpacking the Relationship between Emotional Intelligence, Teamwork Communication, and Job Attitudes in Spanish Military Cadets. Preprints 2019, 2019090264 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201909.0264.v1). Valor-Segura, I.; Navarro-Carrillo, G.; Extremera, N.; Lozano Fernández, L.M.; García-Guiu, C.; Roldán Bravo, M.I.; Ruiz Moreno, A. Predicting Job Satisfaction in Military Organizations: Unpacking the Relationship between Emotional Intelligence, Teamwork Communication, and Job Attitudes in Spanish Military Cadets. Preprints 2019, 2019090264 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201909.0264.v1).

Abstract

Although prior research has extensively examined the association of emotional intelligence (EI) with various job attitudes (e.g., job satisfaction), the empirical and systematic investigation of this link within military institutions has captured considerably less research attention. The present research analyzed the relationship between EI, teamwork communication, and job satisfaction among Spanish military cadets. We tested the potential unique contribution of EI to job satisfaction over and above demographics (i.e., gender and age), proactive personality, and resilience. Moreover, we also examined whether EI indirectly affects job satisfaction via its relationship with teamwork communication. A sample of 363 cadet officers of the Spanish General Military Academy completed questionnaires assessing EI, teamwork communication, proactive personality, resilience, and job satisfaction. Our results revealed that EI exhibited incremental variance in predicting job satisfaction even after accounting for demographics, proactive personality, and resilience. Additionally, we found that the effect of EI on job satisfaction was partially driven by enhanced teamwork communication. This research provides empirical evidence suggesting a pathway (i.e., effective teamwork communication) through which EI helps military cadets to experience higher job satisfaction. Implications for future academic programs including EI and teamwork communication to promote positive job attitudes among military personnel are discussed.

Subject Areas

emotional intelligence; job satisfaction; military context; proactive personality; resilience

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