The Role of Superior Performance Intelligence in Sustained Success

Graham Jones

in The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Performance Psychology

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199731763
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

The Role of Superior Performance Intelligence in Sustained Success

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This chapter introduces a new theoretical concept, superior performance intelligence (SPI), to help organize and understand the psychological research on sustained success. It describes an interview-based investigation of top performers from a variety of performance fields. The findings reveal a common critical awareness and know-how among top performers, from athletes to business leaders to cardiologists to performing artists to military leaders to entrepreneurs, that enables them to apply their minds, skills, techniques, strategies, and tactics to the same high standard every time they perform. This chapter proposes that a high level of SPI is at the core of high performance delivered on a consistent basis and comprises three components: knowing how to maximize your potential; knowing how to work with your environment; and knowing how to deliver high performance. The introduction of a new concept into the performance psychology literature suggests a number of potential research and applied directions; a small number of the more pressing ones are identified in this chapter.

Keywords: Multiple intelligences; superior performance; maximizing potential; environment; sports; business; military; performing arts; medicine; entrepreneurs

Article.  13659 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Health Psychology ; Organizational Psychology

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