Letter of Introduction
Dear Project Leader,
My name is Ivonne Bates and I am a student at University of Phoenix, working on a research project as part of my requirements for a Doctorate of Management degree. I am conducting a research study entitled, A CORRELATIONAL STUDY OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND PROJECT LEADERSHIP. The purpose of this research study is to examine if a relationship exists between a project leader’s emotional intelligence and project success.
Your participation will involve questionnaires regarding your emotional intelligence as well as other demographic information about your most current completed project. There is no time limit but the study should take no more than 30 minutes. Your participation in this study is voluntary and anonymous. If you choose not to participate or to withdraw from the study at any time, you can do so without penalty or loss of benefit to yourself. The results of the research study may be published but your identity will remain confidential, your name will not be disclosed to any outside party, and your results will be maintained in confidence. In this research, there are no foreseeable risks to you.
To quantify further the results of my study, you will be asked to email from three to five individuals that have direct working knowledge to provide a 360-degree review. Self-ratings alone are good for developmental feedback, having reviewers provide for more valid and reliable measures of emotional intelligence for research purposes. Reviewers can be peers, direct reports, and supervisors, preferably several with different perspectives. The reviewers will be provided with an introductory letter describing their participation and whom they will be rating. They will not see any of your results and will have their own set of questions as it pertains to you. Statistically the results from your 360-degree reviewers will be linked back to yours and used in the overall analysis. Tabulations of the data will continue to remain anonymous.
Although there may be no direct benefit to you, a possible benefit of your participation is the research benefits by adding to the body of knowledge in emotional intelligence and project management. The intent of this research study is to measure the emotional intelligence competencies of a project leader to understand better, how he or she handles others as well as themselves.
As a participant in this study, you should understand the following:
1. You may decline to participate or withdraw from participation at any time without consequences.
2. Your identity will be kept confidential except to those you permit as reviewers
3. Ivonne Bates, the researcher, has thoroughly explained the parameters of the research study and all of your questions and concerns have been addressed.
4. Data will be stored in a secure manner. The data will be held for a period of three years and then destroyed.
5. The research results will be used for publication.
Please answer each statement as honestly as possible. There is no right or wrong answers. Answering each question and completing the demographics survey will help provide the data needed to analyze results for this study. If you have any questions concerning the research study, please call or write me at 440-773-0872 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your participation,
Ivonne Bates (Ivy), PMP