We’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drains intelligence, energy and capabilities 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, light bulbs 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, espe- cially now, when leaders are expected to do more with less.
In Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, leadership expert Liz Wiseman and management consultant Greg McKeown explore these two leader- ship styles. In analyzing data from more than 150 leaders, Wiseman and McKeown have identified five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers and found that Multipliers get twice the capability from their people than Diminishers do. 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.