Have you ever worked for a leader, who inspired you? Who has the ability to make you better?
A leader who, if they called you today, you would leave your job and go to work for again. Well I have!
According to Liz Wiseman, we’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders…
The first type drains intelligence, energy and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person in the room.
On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. These are leaders who inspire employees to stretch themselves to deliver results that surpass expectations. These are Multipliers.
Over the course my career, I have worked for many different leaders. Some were very charismatic, all were hardworking and competent, but one leader stands out from the rest. What separated him from the other good leaders? He was a multiplier.
So, what is a multiplier and how do I become one? In the book Multipliers, Liz Wiseman identifies two types of leaders: multipliers and diminishers. “Leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them” are multipliers according to Wiseman.
Multipliers inspire others to exceed expectations and go beyond themselves to do more and achieve more. They achieve more by making everyone around them smarter and better. Wiseman’s research shows multipliers get twice the capability from the people who work with them.
So how do multipliers get so much more from people? Wiseman identified five leadership practices of multipliers:
- Perceive and recognize the genius in others
- Generate intensity that requires best thinking
- Extend challenges
- Discuss decisions
- Instill ownership and accountability
So how can you become a multiplier? Incorporate the following strategies into your daily routine:
- Ask questions: multipliers ask questions instead of giving the answers
- Leave white space: multipliers space out their ideas to allow others to contribute to the process
- Ownership and Accountability: multipliers create an problem-solving environment to build capacity
If we want to achieve success, we need to become multipliers!
Do you know any multipliers? Have you worked with a multiplier? Are you a multiplier?
Dr. Kim Moore
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