Conscientiousness consistently played the most important role

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Of the Big Five traits, conscientiousness consistently played the most important role in academic and professional success, Charles Murray explains (in Human Diversity: The Biology of Gender, Race, and Class), with openness in second place:

Poropat reported effect sizes for them of +1.14 and +0.96 respectively, far larger than those for agreeableness (+0.19), emotional stability (+0.36), or extraversion (+0.23). In addition to its value for academic performance, conscientiousness has also been found to predict job performance, salary, promotion, and occupational prestige. These findings make sense.

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