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Linking personality to cultural intelligence : an interactive effect of openness and agreeableness

Li, Ming; Mobley, William H.; Kelly, Aidan


Ming Li

William H. Mobley

Aidan Kelly


The personality trait of openness is generally believed to influence an individual's cultural intelligence, which is an ability to deal effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds. This study examines whether a relationship between the two depends on the individual's degree of agreeableness, a personality trait important for building interpersonal relationships. Data collected from 244 international professionals shows that openness is positively related to three facets of cultural intelligence when agreeableness is high, but not when agreeableness is low. The findings suggest that research on personality and cultural intelligence would benefit from an interactive approach, and that assessment, selection and development of international talents should consider personality traits not in isolation, but in concert.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016-01
Journal Personality and individual differences
Print ISSN 0191-8869
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 89
Issue January
Pages 105-110
APA6 Citation Li, M., Mobley, W. H., & Kelly, A. (2016). Linking personality to cultural intelligence : an interactive effect of openness and agreeableness. Personality and individual differences, 89(January), 105-110.
Keywords Cultural intelligence; Personality; Openness; Agreeableness; Trait interactions
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Personality and individual differences, 2016, v.89.


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