The article purpose is to present the theoretical analysis and determine how to use military personnel’s emotional intelligence skills for management of a military unit.
We used theoretical research methods: the analysis of theoretical sources discussing service members’ leadership formation based on the concept of emotional leadership, a comparative analysis of the reviewed theoretical materials.
Foreign authors’ works devoted to emotional intelligence and emotional leadership among military personnel were analysed. The basic principles of a leader’s emotional intelligence were revealed, which meant a leader’s capability to use emotional intelligence in order to improve the managing efficiency for military units.
A number of issues that need to be addressed were identified, namely: influence of military leaders’ emotional intelligence skills on post-traumatic stress overcoming and mitigating of negative consequences associated with a psychological trauma; influence of leaders’ emotional intelligence on military unit management and relations between military personnel’s emotional competence, leadership attributes and technical and tactical skills; programs for assessment and development of service members’ emotional intelligence and emotional leadership in order to improve unit management by control over service members’ emotions, other people’s emotions and groups’ emotions and implementation of such programs.
The study results has confirmed that service members’ emotional leadership skills should be developed to improve unit management efficiency, since such skills are necessary for management, emotional leadership improves management skills at all, social responsiveness and interactions with a team.
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