Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Deborah Jezuit

Second Advisor

Dena Reddick

Third Advisor

Houston Thompson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery


The challenges facing the United States healthcare system continue to evolve and raise expectations for physician leaders. These leaders serve at the intersection of clinical care and business realities and thus have the ability to influence improvement in healthcare quality and business performance. The purpose of this study was to determine hospitalist medical directors‘ performance on emotional intelligence (EI) competencies and their perceptions of the importance of these competencies to their leadership role. This quantitative study used a correlation research methodology. The results did not suggest strong correlations between self-reported EI competencies and hospitalist medical directors‘ perceptions of their leadership role. Further research is suggested to include multi-rater assessment and objective performance data rather that self reported perceptions.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2011 for Olivet Nazarene University.