How To Use The Multiple Intelligence Theory (to build a better team)

Although relatively self-explanatory, the theory of Multiple Intelligences stipulated by Howard Gardner, says that intellect is not a broad and generalized but deals with specific areas expertise. It basically states that nobody is good at everything. I don’t think you need any more proof than a quick drink in a karaoke bar, some people are good, some are great and some could make infants cry. This theory can be used to compose an elite team of individuals whose skills overlap and complete each other. It can assist you in implementing your team to their optimal potential.

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There are 8 talent distinctions that Gardner postulates in his theory: naturalistic, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, verbal-linguistic, intrapersonal, musical-rhythmic, visual-special and logical-mathematical. Multiple talents/intelligences can be found in most people, even intelligences that may seem like they clash, such as logical-mathematical, naturalistic and interpersonal. I won’t spend time going into the self-evident abilities necessary but the more specific ones such as intrapersonal, naturalistic and bodily-kinesthetic.


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Intrapersonal individuals are extremely self-aware, they are predictable because not only are they emotionally aware they can anticipate their reaction during an emotional crisis. They also are extremely self-reflective and very conscious of their strengths and weaknesses.


The proverbial green thumb. Although this ability was much more significant in our evolutionary past the talent to have an innate understanding of the natural environment is still extremely valuable.


This ability has to do with an individual’s awareness of their body position, ability and strength, basically the requisite talent for athletes.

Again just because an individual has a body-kinesthetic ability does not mean they can’t be interpersonal or visual-spacial. 

Task Allocation

When you are aware of types of aptitudes the individuals you work with possess you will be able to better allocate tasks. Not only will this will avoid frustrations it will also minimize delays. If you had an individual with a logical-mathematical aptitude you wouldn’t have them deal with non-divergent problems, just as you wouldn’t have an intrapersonal individual lead a large group of people.


Being aware of your team’s abilities will assist you in training by tailoring the information conveyance to the each team members’ aptitudes. A visual-spatial individual will learn must quicker with visual references where as a verbal-linguistic person would benefit from verbal direction. More effective training means more effective completion of tasks and responsibilities.


By creating a team with a diverse set of intelligences or skills that overlap you will be able to approach tasks and challenges from multiple directions and perspective. It can assist you in interpreting or gaining insight into your target market if they have interests that outside your own. Usually, individuals have interests within their aptitudes, such as body-kinesthetic individuals will most likely enjoy sports and physical activities.

Although this theory does has both its proponents and its critics it can be a beneficial tool when implemented in the workplace. Have you used a similar system in your own workplace or would you be interested in implementing a system such as this? Please let us know in the comment section below.




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