Emotional intelligence and creativity: The mediating role of generosity and vigor

Abraham Carmeli*, Alexander S. McKay, James C. Kaufman

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This study examines whether and why emotional intelligence may result in enhanced creativity in the workplace. Using a time-lagged data set collected from employees in three firms, we examined a mediation model where emotional intelligence is indirectly related to creativity serially, through generosity and vigor. The results of structural equation modeling (SEM) indicate a sequential mediation model where emotionally intelligent employees display a high level of generosity; these acts of generosity nurture a sense of vigor, which in turn fosters creative behaviors. We discuss the implications for research on emotional intelligence, generosity, vigor, and creativity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-309
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Creative Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • creativity
  • emotional intelligence
  • generosity
  • positive emotions
  • vigor


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