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Wise leaders know how to use their smarts

  • Alvin Lee

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 10 2012   /  11:42 am

Smart leaders steer their organizations to victory, but wise leaders are needed to keep them on top in a dynamic world.

We like to think that top leaders are smart, intelligent people. Mensa defines high intelligence individuals as those with IQ “in the top 2 percent of the population”, where 140 is considered a genius IQ score. Such individuals include Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf (verified IQ 170, Mensa member), commander of the U.S. troops during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield; Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (estimated IQ 180); and Microsoft founder Bill Gates (estimated IQ 160).

The intelligence of these men has brought them plenty of success and recognition, but just being smart may not be enough in the long run.

“‘Smartness’ allows people to become savvy for their own self-interests,” says Prasad Kaipa, senior research fellow an...