A group’s intelligence has little to do to with the IQs of its members, according to a recent study. It has more to do with gender.Having women in a group can make a team smarter, even when tested against groups comprised of all men with higher IQs. Why? Women are more socially conscious and don’t seek to dominate the group.
“What do you hear about great groups? Not that the members are all really smart but that they listen to each other. They share criticism constructively. They have open minds. They’re not autocratic. And in our study we saw pretty clearly that groups that had smart people dominating the conversation were not very intelligent groups,” researcher Anita Woolley told the Harvard Business Review.
Woolley, who is an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Business School, worked with Thomas Malone from MIT’s Sloan School of Management to carry out the study. They evaluated 192 teams comprised of people from ages 18 to 60 on brainstorming, decision making and problem solving ability.
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