When evaluating what makes a great business leader, Tom Peters may not have envisioned this: Psychologists from the University of Toronto, Harvard University, the University of Hawaii and McGill University have come up with computerized measures of “executive intelligence” that can be used to predict who will excel in a managerial role or in a competitive academic environment.

The research, published in the August 2007 Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, demonstrates that individuals who perform exceptionally well at tasks that access the prefrontal cortex—described as the “executive” area of the brain—are likely to receive high ratings of managerial competence.

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