I just read a Harvard Business Review story on what makes a team smarter. No surprise, but it turns out the smartest teams don’t necessarily include only those with the highest IQ. In fact, the researchers found the collective intelligence of the team was increased if it had more women on it. When they drilled down into it, the real news is that teams with people who have high social sensitivity (and women typically score higher in this area than men) tend to perform better than those lacking it.
I guess I found this especially interesting after reading in BusinessWeek recently about how few women serve on corporate boards or even in the executive suite. Based on the research by Anita Wooley and Thomas Malone, as well as other emerging workforce trends, companies would be well served to diversify their leadership teams. What do you think?Tagged employee engagement, Morningstar Communications, Sheri Johnson, Team Building