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Dr. Robert Emmerling is a leading expert in the assessment and development of competencies and emotional intelligence in the workplace, and has spent his career as a consultant, researcher and lecturer specializing in this area. Through his work as a member of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, a group he co-chairs with Dr. Daniel Goleman, he has been involved in some of the most influential work in the field of competencies and emotional intelligence, including the development of best practice guidelines for training and developing emotional intelligence and the identification and evaluation of model programs that significantly enhance social and emotional competencies in the workplace.

In addition to competencies and emotional intelligence, he also specializes in the areas of leadership assessment and development, executive coaching, 360-degree feedback, career change, organizational development, change management, program evaluation, and instructional design. He is a principal consultant at Competency International a research and HR consulting group dedicated to the application of scientifically validated techniques to the management of human capital in organizations and committed to advancing the science of motive and emotional intelligence competency assessment, application, and development. He has provided consultation on a range of human resource related issues to companies in the United States, Europe and Asia, including Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, Estee Lauder, Amcor, Novartis, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LSG Sky Chefs, Brocade Communications, Ameriprise Financial Advisors, Maybank, Goodwill Industries, InnoEnergy, Volkswagen, Hess Corporation, Hindustan Petroleum, OIL India, and the TATA Group in India. 

Robert is the author of articles published in journals such as Journal of Career Assessment, Frontiers in Psychology: Organizational Psychology, Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, Journal of Management Development, Innovations in Education and Teaching International and Leadership Excellence and is editor and contributor to the book Emotional Intelligence: Theoretical and Cultural Perspectives. He is a visiting professor in the Department of People Management and Organisation at ESADE – Business School (Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain) and conducts applied research within the Leadership Development Research Centre (GLEAD) also at ESADE. In addition, he the creator and webmaster of one of the world’s most visited website related to emotional intelligence ( which has received over 20 million visitors since being launched in 1998. Robert holds a Doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Rutgers University and is a founding member of the Indian Forum for Emotional Intelligence Learning ( and member of the American Psychological Association.



Emmerling, R. J., Shanwal, V., & Mandal, M. (Eds.) (2008) Emotional Intelligence: Theoretical and Cultural Perspectives.Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.


Emmerling, R. J. (2008). Toward an Applied Science of Emotional Intelligence in the Global Workplace: Key Issues and Challenges. In R. J. Emmerling, V. Shanwal, & M. Mandal (Eds.) Emotional Intelligence: Theoretical and Cultural Perspectives. Nova Science Publishing: Hauppauge, NY


Velasco-Moreno, F., Batista-Foguet, J., Emmerling, R. (2019). Assessing goal-directed behaviors in leadership development programs. Frontiers in Psychology, 10:1345 


Emmerling, R.J. (2015). Competence Development and Management. In S. Dahlgaard-Park (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Quality and the Service Economy. (pp. 65-69). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Emmerling, R.J. & Sipahi, A. (2015). Emotional Intelligence. In S. Dahlgaard-Park (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Quality and the Service Economy. (pp. 184-190). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Emmerling, R. J., Canboy, B., Batista, J. M., & Serlavos, R. (2015). Leadership Education: Theory and Practice. International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Science (2nd ed.).

Canboy, B., Montalvo, A., Buganza, M. C., & Emmerling, R. J. (2014). “Module 9”: a new course to help students develop interdisciplinary projects using the framework of experiential learning theory. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, (November), 1–13.

Emmerling, R. J. & Boyatzis, R. (2012). Emotional and Social Intelligence Competencies: Cross Cultural Implications. Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, 19(1), 4-18.

Ryan, G., Emmerling, R. J., & Spencer, L. M. (2009). Distinguishing High Performing European Executives: The Role of Emotional, Social and Cognitive Competencies. Journal of Management Development, 28(9), 859-875.

Emmerling, R. J. & Goleman, D. (2005). Leading With Emotion: Emotional Intelligence Predicts Success. Leadership Excellence, 22(7), 9.

Emmerling, R. J. & Goleman, D (2003). Emotional Intelligence: Issues and Common Misunderstandings. Issues in Emotional Intelligence, 1(1), available:

Emmerling, R. J. & Cherniss, C. (2003). Emotional Intelligence and the Career Choice Process. Journal of Career Assessment. 11(2), 153-167.

Cherniss, C., Goleman, D., Emmerling, R. J., Cowan, K., & Adler, M (1998). Bringing Emotional Intelligence to the Workplace. New Brunswick. NJ: Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, Rutgers University.