High flyers: What sets them apart? A study of personality and reasoning in 800 senior managers

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This study explores the relationship between personality factors, reasoning abilities and the speed at which individuals moved into senior management positions in organizations. The sample consists of 800 senior managers. The sample was separated into two groups based upon the amount of time it took the individuals to attain a senior manager role. Psychometric data from the two groups was then compared using independent samples t-tests and chi-square analyses. The results show that ‘high flyers’ are elevated on many indicators of effective social functioning, as well as on breadth and creativity of thinking. Further inquiry will be beneficial for more accurately identifying ‘high potential’ employees, as well as for building a business case for the importance of ‘soft skills’ development in organizations.

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Jensen, T. M., (2007) “High flyers: What sets them apart? A study of personality and reasoning in 800 senior managers”, EWOP in Practice 1(1), 4–9. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/ewopinpractice.87049

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Troy M. Jensen (Kaisen Consulting Limited)

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