Employees High in Personal Intelligence Differ From Their Colleagues in Workplace Perceptions and Behavior.

Academic Article


  • Personal intelligence (PI) involves the ability to recognize, reason, and use information about personality to understand oneself and other people. Employees in two studies (Ns = 394, 482) completed the Test of Personal Intelligence (TOPI; e.g., Mayer, Panter, & Caruso, 2017a) and assessments of workplace perception and behavior. Higher PI was associated with higher perceived workplace support and lower counterproductive work behavior. These relationships continued to hold after controlling for other key variables. The results indicate the TOPI, although still in research trials, shows promise as a screening device for selecting employees and targeting individuals for training.
  • Authors

  • Mayer, John D.
  • Lortie, Brendan
  • Panter, AT
  • Caruso, David R
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • September 2018
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In


  • Behavioral and Social Science
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 29718711
  • Start Page

  • 539
  • End Page

  • 550
  • Volume

  • 100
  • Issue

  • 5