Do gender and personality traits (BFI-10) influence achievement of success?

Frantisek Sudzina, Cecilia Olexova

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review


There exists a body of literature on impact of personality traits on academic performance. But there appears to be a gap in literature when it comes to impact of personality traits on extracurricular activities. In order to fill the gap, the paper focuses on impact of personality traits: extraversion, openness to experience, conscientiousness, agreeableness, and neuroticism, as well as gender on success in extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities were such as participation of students in the faculty competitions, Slovak competitions for students, international competitions for students and taking some of the first three or five places, Student personality of the year and participation in a special programme aimed at talented students. The research was conducted in Slovakia on a sample of university students. Personality traits were measured using Big Five Inventory-10 (BFI-10). While previous studies, which were focused predominantly on grades, found a positive link to conscientiousness, the findings of this research are that success in extracurricular activities is positively linked to openness to experience. Students with a high degree of openness to experience are curious, broad in interests and more open to experience extraordinary activities. This fact seems to be more important to success in various competitions than conscientiousness that influences the grades.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference Liberec Economic Forum
EditorsAleš Kocourek
Place of PublicationLiberec
PublisherTechnical University of Liberec
Publication date2017
ISBN (Electronic)978-80-7494-349-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventProceedings of the 13th International Conference Liberec Economic Forum 2017 - Technical University of Liberec , Liberec, Czech Republic
Duration: 11 Sep 201713 Sep 2017


ConferenceProceedings of the 13th International Conference Liberec Economic Forum 2017
LocationTechnical University of Liberec
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
Internet address


  • personality traits
  • Big Five Inventory
  • success
  • university students
  • extracurricular activities


Dive into the research topics of 'Do gender and personality traits (BFI-10) influence achievement of success?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this