Define Intellectual Disposition…

Intellectual Disposition is the extent that someone enjoys learning new things, is interested in different ideas, and tends to imagine how things could be different. It is the degree to which someone is analytical, curious and imaginative.

In terms of workplace behavior, Intellectual Disposition is disposition/likelihood/enjoyment for:

  • Developing innovative approaches and ideas to solve difficult problems.
  • Presenting unconventional ways to do things that decrease costs or improve work effectiveness.
  • Suggesting creative or original ideas.
  • Ability to gather and analyze information relevant to a problem.
  • Improving performance by analyzing prior mistakes or problems.
  • Critically evaluating information presented to support a proposed decision or course of action.
  • Identifying, developing, or recognizing solutions to work-related problems.
  • Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Basing decisions on facts, logic, and experience rather than on intuition.
  • Changing an approach or method to best fit the situation.

Intellectual Disposition is one of the dominant aspects of Openness to Experience in the five-factor model of personality  - the other dominant aspect is Experiential Disposition.

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