There is an under-appreciation for what kind of intelligence is required to influence society.
I am reminded of the mathematician Sylvanus Thompson's saying, Ancient simian proverb: What one fool can do another can.
What did he mean by that? Just this, it is a great accomplishment to invent The Calculus, but to learn how to use it is the sort of thing that any fool may do, if they have the inclination to do so.
Part of what made Socrates great was his ability to explain his ideas to everyman, which in part accounts for Athens treatment of the man. If no one could have understood him, he would not have been considered such a nuisance.