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Multipliers : How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter - Elizabeth Wiseman


How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter


Published: 15th July 2010
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Wiseman delivers a thought-provoking and accessible exploration of why some leaders drain capability and intelligence from their teams while others amplify it to produce better results.

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.

About the Author

Liz Wiseman is the president of The Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development center headquartered in Silicon Valley. She advises senior executives and leads strategy and leadership forums for executive teams worldwide. A former executive at Oracle Corporation, she worked as the vice president of Oracle University and for seventeen years as the global leader for human resource development. She holds a BS in business management and a master's in organizational behavior, each from Brigham Young University.

"This engaging and subversive book asks a vital question: "How can we grow and harness human talent to address the great issues of our day?" "Multipliers" makes us rethink many of our old assumptions."----Gareth Jones, visiting professor, IE Madrid; coauthor, "Why Should Anyone Be Led by You?"

Forewordp. ix
The Multiplier Effectp. 1
The Talent Magnetp. 33
The Liberatorp. 65
The Challengerp. 97
The Debate Makerp. 133
The Investorp. 159
Becoming a Multiplierp. 195
Acknowledgmentsp. 225
The Research Processp. 229
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 237
The Multipliersp. 245
Multipliers Discussion Guidep. 249
The Multipliers Assessmentp. 252
Notesp. 253
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780061964398
ISBN-10: 0061964395
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 15th July 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 20.1  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.44