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. Charles Diebold
While women continue to make progress in terms of graduate level education, discrepancies remain between women and men when it comes to opportunities for professional growth and development into executive leadership positions and playing a role in the boardroom. Guided by the theories of emotional intelligence (EI), transformational leadership (TL), and Hofstede's cultural values, the purpose of this quantitative mediation analysis was to determine the mediating effect of EI on the relationship between cultural values and TL in Jamaican female managers. Data were collected from 38 Jamaican female managers who were working with varied public and private sector entities located in urban and rural areas. Participants completed the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test, Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire, and Cultural Values Scale via SurveyMonkey. No statistically significant mediated effects were found. Cultural values uncertainty subscale scores had statistically significant direct effects on TL. Through exploratory regressions, it was determined that experiential EI was positively predicted by the cultural values subscale scores of uncertainty avoidance, collectivism, and masculinity, and negatively predicted by age; strategic EI was negatively predicted by power distance and positively predicted by masculinity scores, and masculine cultural orientation was positively predicted by number of years as a supervisor, long term cultural value orientation, and power distance cultural value. The results could influence the development and implementation of suitable training interventions that may impact positively on the leadership skills of Jamaican female managers and ultimately realizing social change through family life.