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Why penguins have no commanding officer…

…and now, on to the wisdom of penguins: Why penguins have no commanding officer… “But if they have no leader then how do they know where to go?
This is a good question because it reveals the essential difference between human teams and nature’s teams. The answer is that no single penguin knows where to go, but they know where to go as a group.
This is known as collective or team intelligence and is a key feature of other biological teams, such as ant colonies. Perhaps surprisingly, humankind is the only species that operates ‘leader intelligence’ – the trust that a small group of leaders knows best for the whole group.”