Dark side of personality, intelligence, creativity, and managerial level

Gorkan Ahmetoglu (Department of Psychology, University College London, London, UK)
Stacey Dobbs (Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK)
Adrian Furnham (Department of Psychology, University College London, London, UK)
John Crump (Department of Psychology, University College London, London, UK)
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic (Department of Psychology, University College London, London, UK)
Elmira Bakhshalian (Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Publication date: 14 March 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship of the Five-Factor Model Personality Disorder (FFM PD) count technique to industrial, work, and organizational (IWO) criteria. In this vein, the present research sought to extend previous studies (e.g. De Fruyt et al., 2009) by eliminating common method variance, and by including several objectively assessed IWO criteria, namely, managerial level, intelligence, and creativity.

Design/methodology/approach

In total, 1,659 working adults reported their managerial level in their organization, and completed two intelligence tests, a measure of creativity, and a measure of the Big Five personality traits in an assessment centre. The data were analyzed using structural equation modeling.

Findings

Results showed that the FFM PD counts were significantly associated with each IWO criteria. Results also show that specific linear combinations of Five-Factor Model facets can explain a larger proportion of the variance in these criteria. Finally, normative benchmark values are provided and validated for personnel development contexts in the UK.

Research limitations/implications

Because the FFM PD score-distributions were limited to one assessment setting (medium stakes) only, the use of proposed benchmarks may not be appropriate for other contexts.

Practical implications

Considering the mounting evidence in the area, assessing dark side traits is likely to be desirable for organizations – particularly in selection and development settings.

Originality/value

This study is the first to demonstrate the validity of the FFM PD count technique in relation to objectively measured IWO criteria.

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Citation

Ahmetoglu, G., Dobbs, S., Furnham, A., Crump, J., Chamorro-Premuzic, T. and Bakhshalian, E. (2016), "Dark side of personality, intelligence, creativity, and managerial level", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 391-404. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMP-03-2013-0096

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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