How intelligence fits into the workplace:
A good IQ is often required for success at work, but more often than not it’s other forms of intelligence that really make or break a team.
Traditionally valued in the workplace:
IQ = mathematical/logical and verbal/linguistic
A good team has a myriad of intelligences
1.) Naturalist Intelligence
Understanding nature, making distinctions, good at noting our place in the world.
Good roles: (in our evolutionary past)
Hunters, gatherers, farmers
Today–anthropologist, astronomer, botanist, dog trainer, environmental lawyer, geologist, forest ranger, farmer, ecologist, guide, conservationist
botanist, chef, farmer, skilled at differentiating brands
2.) Musical intelligence
Discern pitch, rhythm, timbre, and tone.
Sound technicians, musicians, presenters, teachers.
3.) Logical-Mathematical intelligence
perceive relationships, use abstractions, sequential reasoning skills, inductive and deductive thinking
accountant, auditor, marketing analyst, technician, programmer, database designer, detective, economist, engineer, lawyer, mathematician, network analyst, physician, physicist, researcher, scientist, statistician
Interested in: patterns, categories, relationships.
4.) Interpersonal Intelligence
Understanding other’s feelings and motives.
Good roles: actor, mediator, administrator, marketing specialist, HR, psychologist, teacher, nurse, manager
5.) Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence
manipulate objects, timing , coordination. Learns by doing.
Ex.Athletes, dancers, surgeons,pilots, and craftspeople
Good Roles: actor, athlete, craftsperson, mechanic, trainer, therapist, yoga instructor, surgeon
6.) Linguistic Intelligence
Good with complex meanings, speaking, reading.
Journalist, lawyer, editor, marketing consultant, newscaster, politician, speech-pathologist, teacher, writer, translator
7.) Intra-personal Intelligence
Understand one’s thoughts and feelings, good at self-direction, motivation, and planning.
Good roles: counselor, consultant, intelligence officer, program planner, entrepreneur, psychologist, researcher, theologian, writer
8.) Spatial Intelligence
Ability to think in 3d, good with mental imagery, spatial reasoning, image manipulation, graphic skills, artistic skills, and an active imagination.
Good roles: 3d modeling, simulation, architect, artist, programmer, engineer, designer, interior decorator, mechanic, navigator, strategic planner, webmaster.
Mathematical/logical and verbal/linguistic are rewarded
Since WWI (1918) when IQ test were first mass used-> IQ has increased 24 points on average.
Due to better nutrition and better schooling.
But the real indicator of office success is…
Emotional Intelligence (EI) + Moral Intelligence (MI) + Body Intelligence (BI)
Emotional Intelligence Helps:
Self-awareness, Self-management, Self-motivation, Social-awareness, and Relationship Management
50% of the population has at or above an average IQ. Many other intelligences are involved with true success.
Melissa Stewart is the founder of SheOwnsIt.com. She is a Purveyor of Possibility, Entrepreneur Advocate and Coffee Addict. She believes that behind every successful woman is her story. What’s your story?