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Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter [Kindle Edition]

Liz Wiseman , Greg McKeown
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)

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A thought-provoking, accessible, and essential exploration of why some leaders (“Diminishers”) drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others (“Multipliers”) amplify it to produce better results. Including a foreword by Stephen R. Covey, as well the five key disciplines that turn smart leaders into genius makers, Multipliers is a must-read for everyone from first-time managers to world leaders.


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Drawing on interviews with more than 150 executives and on her own experience as a former executive at the Oracle Corporation and the former vice president of Oracle University, Weisman argues that executives fall into two distinct leadership categories: Multipliers and Diminishers. Unsurprisingly, Multipliers turn out to be better leaders: unlike Diminishers—self-centered empire builders who tear employees down—Multipliers attract talent, liberate employees to do their best and step out of their comfort zones, make decisions rather than promoting unproductive debate, and invest in human capital. While spotlights on such Multipliers as Mitt Romney, a Talent Magnet at Bain Capital and beyond, and Steven Spielberg, who fosters an open environment on his film sets, are appealing and instructive, the major points are repetitive. Chapters drag on after descriptions of distinctive Multiplier or Diminisher behavior have been made. The breadth of the material is better suited for a lengthy article than a full business book, and the effort to stretch it into a longer work diminishes the meaningful research. (June)
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Why do some genius-level leaders seem to drain intelligence and performance out of the people around them, while others stimulate, motivate, and get so much more out of their work associates? Wiseman labels the former group, people who need to be the smartest person in the room, as diminishers, while the latter are multipliers, people who use their smarts to stimulate and enhance the creativity of the group. Both authors are connected with the Wiseman Group, a leadership research center that advises senior executives and provides workshops and leadership assessments around the world. By analyzing 150 executives across America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, the authors have identified what they consider the five most important disciplines that help managers to think and act more like multipliers, bringing people together, and giving others on the team more freedom, power, and responsibility, which ultimately generates self-worth and satisfaction. The book is a well-organized sytem that could be used as a personal tool or as a workbook for team-development seminars. --David Siegfried

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  • File Size: 762 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1 edition (June 3, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003M69A4Q
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
In this book written with Greg McKeown, Liz Wiseman juxtaposes two quite different types of persons whom she characterizes as the "Multiplier" and the "Diminisher." Although she refers to them as leaders, suggesting they have supervisory responsibilities, they could also be direct reports at the management level or workers at the "shop floor" level. Multipliers "extract full capability," their own as well as others', and demonstrate five disciplines: Talent Magnet, Liberator, Challenger, Debate Maker, and Investor. Diminishers underutilize talent and resources, their own as well as others, and also demonstrate five disciplines: Empire Builder, Tyrant, Know-It-All, Decision Maker, and Micro Manager. Wiseman devotes a separate chapter to each of the five Multiplier leadership roles.

Wiseman cites dozens of real-world examples that suggest how almost any organization (regardless of its size or nature) can plan, implement, accelerate, and sustain a human development program that strengthens participants' leadership and management skills that (a) will enable them to multiply the intelligence and capability of the people around them and (b) avoid behaviors that can diminish people's ability and enthusiasm

As Wiseman clearly realizes, people combine some of the best and worst traits of both the Multiplier and Diminisher. Strengths can become weaknesses or vice versa if carried to an extreme. A Talent Magnet, for example, could be especially effective recognizing and attracting high-potentials and then hoard their talents, exploiting them to her or his advantage. A Micro Manager could be especially alert for significant details that others ignore but deny other people's professional development by refusing to delegate tasks to them.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you work with people, you need this book June 18, 2010
Format:Hardcover
As an avid business literature reader, I've grown to adopt a strategy for reading books on marketing, leadership, strategy, and the other host of business topics that we all have to be well versed in to lead people and produce results. Typically, I try to find things to read that are based on research or some kind of rigor around best practices. Also, I read the reviews ahead of time and try to get some idea around what return I will get from my time spent with the topics.

I ask myself things like"

"Is this new thinking, or just a rework of some existing ideas?"

" Am I going to be able to improve myself or my abilities from reading this, or is this just to inform me?"

" Is this based on someone's opinion, or is it grounded in some real research?"

"Do I believe that I will be able to take action and apply what I'm reading when I'm done?"

This work brings all of these questions to the right place. If you have to deal with people as part of your role in whatever you're doing, this book will provoke you to think differently about how you engage with the people around you. You will get a very high return on your time and money spent on this book.
Probably the most fun aspect of it is afterward, tracking all the diminishers in your life. If you look at how these people engage and lead, it becomes a really stark and obvious trait that's really, really easy to spot once you've read this book.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having been an HR VP and a recruiter for the IT industry and a Fortune 500 company I strongly agree with the concepts presented here. It's a short, easy read and the book is well designed. It does not spend a lot of time on theory despite the credentials of the author and the rigorous research that went into it. Instead it provides examples and "How To" in each chapter.

If you enjoy books like Daniel Goldman's "Emotional Intelligence", Howard Gardener's "Multiple Intelligence", Carol Dweck's "Mindset" and subjects like psychometrics, personality type and temperament you will relate well to this book.

Having said that I think the real value of this book and its main aim is how we can improve ourselves; how each of us can be less of a diminisher and more of a multiplier. You WILL recognize yourself and others in this book.

I have one bit of advice if you plan to read this book - take the test first. It is located at [...]
I have taken a LOT of psychometric tests in my time and this one is very new so its easy to game if you have read the book. Take the test, THEN read the book.

I do plan on implementing what I have learned and the implementation strategy they recommend is not onerous.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Paul
Format:Hardcover
I've read dozens of business books and books about leadership; I have many years of experience as a manager and an MBA. But here's the thing... I do my best to get out of seminars on management/leadership classes and I'll do anything to avoid reading one more repetitious and unoriginal book about how to be a better manager or leader. So... how did I get to writing a review about: "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter"?

I'm lucky enough to work for an employer who decided to get Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown to give a bunch of their managers an accelerated one-day 'multipliers' talk based on their book (before it was published so I read it a few months later). As I've mentioned before I'm a skeptic. Most of this management stuff is repetitious BS and it's all about the authors/presenters talking about what made them the great managers and leaders that they are today. I didn't have much of a choice about attending and as I listened to Greg and Liz speak about their research and present raw unedited video clips about some of the multipliers they were writing about in their book something changed.

They were offering practical advice about how to be not just a better leader but a better person. What's leadership about? It's not about about being better than everybody else on your team - it's about getting the most out of them. That's what this book is about. The examples are concrete and the advice and techniques are down to earth and useful to everyone from a parent to a C-level executive.

There isn't a day that goes by when something from Multipliers doesn't influence what I do and how I lead.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book if you want to lead people more effectively.
A great comparison between two leadership styles: Multipliers and Diminishers. The authors posit that it's better to be a leader who hires great people, asks them appropriate... Read more
Published 4 days ago by MLeland
5.0 out of 5 stars Betcha this one will become a classic!
This is the best leadership book I've read since I read Jim Collins' "Good to Great" in 2011. Read more
Published 8 days ago by JS
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is an Excellent read!!!! It makes you a better manager.
Published 11 days ago by tequila hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice read to confirm if you are a multiplier
I enjoyed reading the book as it was helpful on strength the path to become a multiplier but far most a genius maker. Read more
Published 1 month ago by neenen
5.0 out of 5 stars Multipliers exposes a reason for leadership
As a leadership researcher and expert, Multiplier's tenets are congruent with true impactful leadership behaviors. We know that leadership is an observable behavior. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Tonkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read-practicals that may be used at work or home
Well written. If you have been studying leadership you may have already heard this message. If you have heard this message this book will serve as reminder with tips on how to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Saul
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
Good book with good descriptions on leadership. I did feel like the same topic was hit again and again throughout the entire book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a business book that will stand the test of time and...
Seeing as I've read this three times, I can't believe I haven't written a review yet. No exaggeration, this book can be a life-changer both at work and in your personal life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert C. Ligget
5.0 out of 5 stars great ideal to be a Leader!
Excelent. You need to make a decision in your career and be what you said. Not to people who take advantages of their team's work.
Published 1 month ago by Raul Schmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent insight to behaviors that empower and diminish others . A must-read!
Published 1 month ago by Dan Hanrahan
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