Are entrepreneurs intelligent?

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Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Associate Professor of psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of London recently posted a blog on Psychology Today about IQ and how it is still the best predictor of success in life, including at school, at work, and in health.

He says that many people however associate high IQs with geeks or nerds and don’t accept how useful it is as a predictor of job performance, particularly since the publication of books on emotional and multiple intelligences.

There is also more knowledge about intelligence now, about the effects of interaction with the environment and competition on IQ scores.

He also acknowledges that much of the research has been carried out on traditional types of jobs, albeit requiring different skills and qualifications.

He is therefore interested in people in non-traditional jobs, the self-employed and entrepreneurs, on which there are few if any studies and who will form an increasingly large proportion of the working population in years to come.

So he wants to know how important IQ is in entrepreneurial success and has designed a survey to explore this. If you want to read the background to this in more detail and would like to be part of some research to find out, click here.

If you don’t want to read the Psychology Today blog just go straight to the on-line test and get your free report  here.

Some people believe that entrepreneurs just have lucky personalities and it’s nothing to do with how intelligent they are. But imagine if you had both the brains and a winning personality!

Updated 19 May 2011:    The link above is to Dr Mark’s Business Psychology Blog, one of my favourites,  and he has posted another one on “Bottling the Entrepreneurial Spirit”. Well worth reading.

See also: How do you know how intelligent you are?

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