I think it is a completely unrealistic question, as intelligence doesn’t seem to be so easily defined nor measured…but that said, considering the
question as hypothetical-
First, I reflect on what I see leadership as. In a group of beings, I consider it the role to project future potentials, possibilities, and effects.
This takes many different kinds of qualities- imagination, life experience, education, intuition, and problem solving abilities. Their role is to
focus upon long term effects, and often must exercise and exhibit impulse control, ability to restrain from immediate gratification.
The followers have a role which allows them to live out (comparatively) less restraint of pleasure seeking and self control; with more freedom to live
“in the moment”, with less power and responsibility. Using the force of numbers, they can collectively create a barrier within which they can
experience the pleasures of living, being relatively protected from exterior threats.
I tend to find my mind looking upon the collective or social structure as a body itself, and the leadership roles as the brain, or head, while the
others are the body. Both need each other, and are inter-dependent.
My personal thought is that
No matter who holds the legitimate place of power and leadership
It is the ones of higher intellectual intelligence that will be pulling the strings.
It just happens that way naturally. It may be overt or covert, but the ones who can see further will end up manipulating the path the collective
takes, one way or another.
Because even if the official leadership is of the “dumber” type (I don’t like that terminology- I would prefer referring to a sort of physical,
emotional, intelligences… but following the proposed terms of the OP…) then they would be more subject to immediate effects and results, and blind
to the longer term or global effects- so easily manipulated by the clever who can simply steer the boat with “carrots” for them.
The only way to maybe prevent that is to have a leadership which uses brute force and violence to subdue all the people- that might oppress the
intelligent enough to keep them from walking ahead.
edit on 28-2-2014 by Bluesma because: (no reason given)