Do Groups With Higher Average Female IQ Excel More At Work?

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In his latest book titled 'Superminds' author and professor, Thomas W. Malone explains that a group with higher average female IQ is a better performer.

When a group of people get together, they can come up with better solutions to problems than just one person trying to achieve the goal. Author and MIT professor Thomas W Malone calls this concept ‘Superminds.’ In his latest book by the same name, he adds that a group where average female IQ is higher than men often performs better.

Yes, you read that right!

Malone who is an American theorist, and Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management as well as the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence released his third book titled ‘Superminds.’

In it, he explains the concept of superminds. An interview with The Economist revealed Malone’s thought process behind this newly conceptualised word.

Average Female IQ Is Higher In Social Perceptiveness

“A supermind is a group of individual minds that are effective at working together to achieve goals. We’re surrounded by superminds, including hierarchical companies, global markets, governmental democracies, scientific communities, local neighbourhoods, and combinations of all these things,” he explained.

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Malone explained that women—on average—are slightly higher on the measure of social perceptiveness we used than men. | Image courtesy: Unsplash

Malone added that while its not necessary that a group would make better decisions that an individual, but together people can bring more knowledge on the table.

“Groups don’t always make better decisions than individuals, but they often do when they combine the different perspectives, skills and knowledge of their members. In our research, we found that groups in which the members were more socially perceptive were more collectively intelligent, presumably because they were able to work together more effectively,” he shared.

He also added that women are more adept at making such socially perceptive collective decisions.

“Women—on average—are slightly higher on the measure of social perceptiveness we used than men, and this may be why groups with more women were more collectively intelligent,” said Malone.

However, Malone added that this revelation doesn’t mean that men do not have this skill. “Many men have this skill, too, and what appears to matter is whether the individual group members have this skill, not what their gender is. That sounds like gender equality to me,” he told The Economist.

Through an exhaustive process of investigation of various groups Malone came to the conclusion that when a group has women with higher social perceptiveness, that group automatically excels.

What that being proved, the question now is–what exactly is social perceptiveness and how to develop it to excel at work?

What Is Social Perceptiveness?

In simple terms, social perceptiveness is your ability to gauge other people’s reactions. You can say it is almost like having the power to read minds. And as studies have proved intuition and social perceptiveness can come quite naturally to women.

Interestingly, you can use this ability to excel at your workplace. Yes, you can do that! Worry not, you won’t have to go chant mantras to learn social perceptiveness. You can do it by simply improving your mind-reading abilities.

3 Ways To Develop Social Perceptiveness To Excel At Work

Being perceptive not only makes you more empathetic but also helps you gauge how to handle tricky situations. And it is a quality best utilised at work! So how can you develop social perceptiveness. Here are a few ways.

1. Become a better listener

It’s always a good idea to enter a conversation with your colleague with open ears and a small mouth. This allows you to catch the subtle cue he or she maybe giving.

Your strategy should be to have an open-ended dialogue that can spark a fruitful conversation. By being a good listener, you also allow yourself to gauge an engaged voice.

2. Learn more about a person’s background and preferences

Everybody comes from different backgrounds and cultures. So before you get into a debate do your homework about theirs. Prior to your meetings, consider who are about to deal with. This will make it easy for you to create a friendly atmosphere.

While most millennials are great with voice calls and may not necessarily prefer a face-to-face. So this trick comes in handy.

3. Pay attention to non-verbal cues

Being aware is your best skill. Focus on the body language–eye contact, way of sitting or posture, and how the arms are placed among other things. This helps one determine the way in a conversation.

Remember that if you want to be one of the best employees, you don’t necessarily have to be smart. Being perceptive and emotionally intelligent can get you the top job faster.

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj