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Research Article

Self-reported Attributes Associated with Cognition and Motivation as a Function of Gender

Trevor Archer1*, Ann-Christine Arntén1, Klaus Olsen2 and Bengt Jansson1,2

1Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

2Job Match Talent, Job Match Sweden AB, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

*Corresponding Author:
Trevor Archer
Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg
Gothenburg, Sweden
Tel: +46 31 786 42 72
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: December 26, 2016; Accepted Date: January 02, 2017; Published Date: February 09, 2017

Citation: Archer T, Arntén AC, Olsen K, Jansson B (2016) Self-reported Attributes Associated with Cognition and Motivation as a Function of Gender. Clin Exp Psychol 3: 146. doi: 10.4172/2471-2701.1000146

Copyright: © 2016 Archer T, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Male (n=4141) and Female (n=2648) participants in executive leadership recruitment self-report were compared with regard to their expressions of Cognition and Motivation levels derived from scores on the attributes, Focus on planning and Deliberation, and, Self-motivation and Winning instinct, respectively in each case. Although the male participants scored higher for both Cognition and Motivation parameters, the vast majority of attributes predicting or counter-predicting Cognition and Motivation, respectively, were similar among the male and female participants, i.e., gender did not separate these attributes. Self-motivation, self-control and focus on detail were predictive for cognition among women whereas mood stability and will-power were expressed among men; openness was counter-predictive for women and communicability for men. Among women, resilience and risk-taking were predictive for motivation whereas focus on details, development motivation and need for speed were expressed by men; openness was counter-predictive for women. Amongst the most predictive attributes for cognition, tolerant attitude was counterpredictive for women whereas risk-taking was expressed for men; for motivation, openness was counter-predictive for women whereas communicability was expressed for men. The findings are discussed from social cognitive organizational trends that permeate current notions of what may constitute an effective leadership “toolbox”.