"Being surrounded by geniuses is great in theory but sometimes tough in practice."
If USA President Trump's claim to have a high IQ is anything to go by, then this is an under-statement.

"Hire people who are smarter than you" is a popular phrase that has been heavily used in the corporate world alluding to the importance of IQ, in the success of an organization.

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Over the past few years, I have been privileged to train and create effective teams in 14 African countries.

The norm is to have the HR (with the guidance of the CEO) hire exceptionally clever members, establish a high achieving and innovative team, and spur revenue. Over and over again, this perception has proven to be a myth. Even though people desire to belong, individual interest eventually disrupts the group spirit.

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Leadership, communication, adaptability are some of the common characteristics that make a great team. Clever members are ambitious and lack the ability to balance between excelling and copying.

In reality, teams with clever members spend a large part of their time debating and trying to persuade team members on why their ideas are the best. They rarely listen but love to hear the sound of their voices. More often than not, such teams never achieve much and experience difficulties when making decisions. Their ego, high self-esteem and internal insecurity make them difficult to manage.

Similarly, recent researches showcased that a high IQ can predict success in school, but not necessarily at work or in life.

The best teams are, therefore, not necessarily the smartest. The best teams are made up with the strategic combination of key individuals - people with varying personalities committed to a common goal, people with different strengths, diverse background and education who are eager to learn.