Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

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Harper Collins, Jun 15, 2010 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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Are you a genius or a genius maker?

We've all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drain intelligence, energy, and capability from the ones around them and always need to be the smartest ones in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. When these leaders walk into a room, lightbulbs go off over people's heads, ideas flow, and problems get solved. These are the leaders who inspire employees to stretch themselves to deliver results that surpass expectations. These are the Multipliers. And the world needs more of them, especially now, when leaders are expected to do more with less.

In this engaging and highly practical book, leadership expert Liz Wiseman and management consultant Greg McKeown explore these two leadership styles, persuasively showing how Multipliers can have a resoundingly positive and profitable effect on organizations—getting more done with fewer resources, developing and attracting talent, and cultivating new ideas and energy to drive organizational change and innovation.

In analyzing data from more than 150 leaders, Wiseman and McKeown have identified five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers. These five disciplines are not based on innate talent; indeed, they are skills and practices that everyone can learn to use—even lifelong and recalcitrant Diminishers. Lively, real-world case studies and practical tips and techniques bring to life each of these principles, showing you how to become a Multiplier too, whether you are a new or an experienced manager. Just imagine what you could accomplish if you could harness all the energy and intelligence around you. Multipliers will show you how.


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As I became a Tech Lead at work I wanted to learn more about leadership. Multipliers is the second book on the topic. It was recommended to me by a colleague. This was a very useful book to learn from ... Read full review

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Multipliers speaks at length about ways to escalate the contribution level of your teams with applicability as a leader at any level in most organizations. The Five Disciplines of the Multiplier as ... Read full review


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About the author (2010)

Liz Wiseman is a researcher, executive advisor, and speaker who teaches leaders around the world. She is a former executive and the author of the bestselling books Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools. Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and named as one of the top ten leadership thinkers in the world.

Greg McKeown is a partner at The Wiseman Group, where he leads the workshop and assessment practice and teaches around the world. Originally from London, England, Greg holds an MBA from Stanford University.

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