A Meta-Analytic Examination of the Relationship between Learning Agility and General Cognitive Ability (2023)
Learning agility has been used as an important factor for identifying high potentials and selecting leaders for nearly two decades. However, some critics have asserted that the construct is largely a substitute measure of overall intelligence. In this article, a meta-analytic review of the literature as well as a separate research study was conducted. Both the meta-analysis and the empirical study found little relationship between learning agility and general cognitive ability. The specific correlation between overall learning agility and general intelligence in the meta-analysis was r = 0.09 (which had a sample size of more than 60,000 individuals). The findings were similar regardless of the instruments used to measure learning agility or cognitive ability.
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