Research goals


In my research on emotional intelligence, I study how individuals and group can leverage these abilities to improve their performance. The results suggest that emotional intelligence predicts important criteria, such as the emergence of leaders and levels of job performance, over and above other abilities and traits. The findings lend credence to the notion that what it means to be smart should be revised to include emotional abilities alongside cognitive abilities. On a practical note, the findings reveal the importance of legitimizing emotional abilities by formally assessing and training them in organizations.




For an introduction to this area of research, see:

Côté, S. (2014). Emotional intelligence in organizationsAnnual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 1, 459-488.


For a practitioner article on emotional intelligence, see:

Côté, S. (in press). Enhancing managerial effectiveness via four core facets of emotional intelligence: Self-awareness, social perception, emotion understanding, and emotion regulation. Organizational Dynamics.


Other publications:

Miners, C. T. H., Côté, S., & Lievens, F. (in press). Assessing the validity of emotional intelligence measures. Emotion Review.

Libbrecht, N., Lievens, F., Carette, B., Côté, S. (2014). Emotional intelligence predicts success in medical school. Emotion, 14, 64-73.

Yip, J., & Côté, S. (2013). The emotionally intelligent decision-maker: Emotion understanding ability reduces the effect of incidental anxiety on risk-takingPsychological Science24, 48-55.

Côté, S., Moskowitz, D. S., & Zuroff, D. C. (2012). Social relationships and intraindividual variability in interpersonal behavior: Correlates of interpersonal spin. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 646-659.

Côté, S., Kraus, M. W., Cheng, B. H., Oveis, C., van der Löwe, I., Lian, H., & Keltner, D. (2011). Social power facilitates the effect of prosocial orientation on empathic accuracy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 217-232.

Côté, S., DeCelles, K. A., McCarthy, J. M., Van Kleef, G. A., & Hideg, I. (2011). The Jekyll and Hyde of emotional intelligence: Emotion-regulation knowledge facilitates prosocial and interpersonally deviant behavior. Psychological Science, 22, 1073-1080.

Côté, S., Gyurak, A., & Levenson, R. W. (2010). The ability to regulate emotion is associated with greater well-being, income, and socioeconomic statusEmotion, 10, 923-933.

Van Kleef, G. A., & Côté, S. (2007). Expressing anger in conflict: When it helps and when it hurts. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92, 1557-1569.

Côté, S., & Miners, C. T. H. (2006). Emotional intelligence, cognitive intelligence, and job performanceAdministrative Science Quarterly, 51, 1‐28.

Côté, S. (2005). A social interaction model of the effects of emotion regulation on work strain. Academy of Management Review, 30, 509-530.

Sy, T., Côté, S., & Saavedra, R. (2005). The contagious leader: Impact of the leader's mood on the mood of group members, group affective tone, and group processes. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 295-305.

Keller, M. C., Fredrickson, B. L., Ybarra, O., Côté, S., Johnson, K., Mikels, J., Conway, A., & Wager, T. (2005). A warm heart and a clear head: The contingent effects of weather on mood and cognition. Psychological Science, 16, 724-731.

Lopes, P. N., Salovey, P., Côté, S., & Beers, M. (2005). Emotion regulation abilities and the quality of social interactionEmotion, 5, 113-118.