This study was carried out to examine emotional intelligence and leadership skills of trainers against certain factors. The study sample was composed of 99 people including 51 men and 48 women who were employed at Spor A. S. facilities in Istanbul and agreed to participate in the research. The research used the survey method. The sample group was administered the personal information form, Bar On Emotional intelligence scale and the leadership style survey developed by Davit R. Frew. The findings from the study were evaluated in the spss program and a frequency analysis, Anova, the Turkey Hsd test to identify which group caused the difference determined, and the Pearson Correlation analyses to identify the relation between emotional intelligence and leadership. As a result of the study, it was observed the trainers are autocratic in the leadership dimension; trainers in the e division were better in the social responsibility, interpersonal elations, and determination sub-dimensions of emotional intelligence; trainers have high level of emotional intelligence; and there is a positive correlation at p < 0.05 in impulse, realism and empathy dimensions between emotional intelligence and leadership. Furthermore, empathy as the sub dimension of emotional intelligence showed a significant difference (p < 0.27) based on gender. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.