Your intelligence, learning, thought process are the most important training you can have to bring you through any life threatening emergency, or experience. I do think character is more important than intelligence. I have noticed the politicians are more interested in style, cronism and politics in who is endorsed for high level positions.
Ezra Taft Benson said in “Our Duty as Citizens” “…because character is the one thing we make in this world and take with us into the next. It must never be sacrificed for expediency.”