Reciprocal Influence between Digital Emotional Intelligence and Agile Mindset in an Agile Environment

Refilwe Theopheline Leeuw, Nazeer Joseph

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In today’s digital era, where communication is primarily conducted using computers and other technological devices, an agile mindset is not enough to be sustainable. Given the significant influence of human behaviour in agile environments, it is common for emotions to come into play among team members, particularly when they seek to assert their opinions or perspectives. Having digital emotional intelligence (DEQ) is crucial for agile team members in the current digital age, as it allows them to comprehend the emotions of their fellow team members using digital tools and technologies. This study focused on determining the reciprocal influence for team members between DEQ and an agile mindset in an agile environment. Qualitative research was implemented using semi-structured interviews. The identified participants were industry agnostic and were the team members working in agile projects, transitioning to agile and working in hybrid projects. The findings revealed that the intersection of agile mindset and DEQ is self-awareness. Self-awareness includes psychological empowerment, communication and collaboration, and respect. Possessing an agile mindset and DEQ in an agile environment has advantages, including improved virtual collaboration, faster adaptation to new technologies, better management of digital distractions, enhanced customer focus in digital channels, and improved data literacy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number228
JournalAdministrative Sciences
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • agile mindset
  • agile mindset
  • agile project management
  • digital emotional intelligence
  • emotional intelligence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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