Beatrix Séllei – Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Magyar tudósok körútja 2, H-1117 Budapest, Hungary


5th International Scientific Conference – EMAN 2021 – Economics and Management: How to Cope With Disrupted Times, Online/Virtual, March 18, 2021, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS published by: Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia; ISBN 978-86-80194-43-1, ISSN 2683-4510


Although emotionally resonant leadership is widely known, higher education doesn’t focus
on the development of emotional-social competencies of students. In this paper, the author presents the
positive psychological profile of management and economics students and suggests renewing higher
education. Data came from the 1st semester of economics and management students (n=826). Students
in each year have a homogenous profile. They are extroverted, with an interesting positive psychological
profile. Based on their emotional profile, students are good in many intrapersonal emotional intelligence
factors, interpersonal skills, or mood. But, they have lower scores in stress-related emotional
competencies. Their relatively low Grit score shows that they are likely to lose focus, although this is
one key to work-flow and longtime perseverance.

Based on this study, universities can provide better facilities that focus near the hard competencies
on soft skills as well – the labor market needs managers with high social and emotional competencies.


Emotional intelligence, Higher education, Positive psychology.


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