Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 99–109 | Cite as

Personality and Intelligence in Business People: A Study of Two Personality and Two Intelligence Measures

  • Adrian FurnhamEmail author
  • Georgia Dissou
  • Peter Sloan
  • Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic


This study examined the overlap and correlations among two well-known personality measures (NEO-PI–R; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, MBTI) and two widely used intelligence tests (the Graduate Management Assessment (GMA), Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal (WGCTA)). The GMA measures both fluid intelligence (Gf) and crystallized intelligence (Gc), whereas WGCTA mainly assess Gc. A total of over 3,500 participants completed the four measures in a middle management assessment event. Correlational analysis showed that Extraversion on the MBTI tended to be associated with Openness and Stability on the NEO. Intuition was associated with Openness and Introversion. Feeling types tended to be both Agreeable and Neurotic while perceiving types were high on Openness but low on Agreeableness. The NEO Big Five factor of Openness was most consistently and significantly associated with both measures of intelligence (r = .09 to r =.12). Results from the MBTI showed that Intuition and Perceiving scores were positively and significantly associated with both intelligence test scores which were intercorrelated (r = .38). Regressional analysis showed that personality traits are logically and coherently related to intelligence test scores. Implications for selection and assessment are considered.


Personality Intelligence Job performance Personnel selection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adrian Furnham
    • 1
    Email author
  • Georgia Dissou
    • 1
  • Peter Sloan
    • 2
  • Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Kaisen Consulting LimitedBristol, LondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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