Thesis (Ed.D., Leadership and Counseling)--University of Idaho, June 2014 | This dissertation is the capstone composition of a professional practices doctorate program. The preface includes a brief history and background on the doctorate in education, and more specifically the definition of and rationale behind a professional practices doctoral program and dissertation, a description of the dissertation format and it introduces a localized problem of practice and the focus study. It is important to identify and cultivate leadership skills and practices that lend themselves to professional success in college administration. The first chapter is a descriptive study manuscript that seeks to examine emotional intelligence and perceived leadership practices among college enrollment services administrators. Gaps in literature and practice-based need have led to further examination of the confluence of these two topics. The topics of emotional intelligence and exemplary leadership practices are reviewed. The focus study is a descriptive study research design implemented by using specific well-tested measurement tools; the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) and the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) in order to help identify trends or new hypotheses about these topics. Higher education leaders are better equipped to meet the modern day challenges within the university environment when emotional intelligence is utilized. Chapter two is comprised of critiques of the research studies of two cohort members that also focused on certain aspects of leadership. Chapter three is an executive white paper, written to the local professional practices audience and stakeholders of this study. Chapter four is a summary and review of associated findings and possible next steps.