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Multiplier or Diminisher: Which One Are You? Part 2

Yesterday we looked at the disciplines and behaviors of Multipliers.   The alter personality style is the Diminisher.   These behavior styles are adapted from the book, “Multipliers:  How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter”, by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown.

The 5 Basic Disciplines of the Diminishers are:

5 Critical Qualities for Integrity-Based Leadership Success

Lose your credibility and you might spend a lifetime trying to regain even a modest portion of what you lost.  Can leaders who have a lapse in judgment learn how to be honorable in their actions again?  Yes, of course they can.  Will the public sector or private enterprise allow them this mistake?   Probably not.   With this in mind, it becomes even more important that we don’t lose credibility in the first place.

Here are the 5 basic qualities that will help ensure your leadership integrity:

How May I Help You?

In the drunken greed of the 1990s and 2000s, it looked as if customer service and servant leadership might take a nosedive and stay down in popularity. Most political and business pundits are now saying that we will not – any time soon- return to the spending and thinking habits of the last few decades. The economy has taken a severe beating and will likely require a long recovery. Many economists are saying the economy may never recover to the levels we have known in the past.

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”
–Max De Pree

What is Your Energy Leadership Level?


Good leadership skills are available to everyone and the leadership style we adopt is a choice. This choice can even be made day-by-day, depending on our own energy level and the “fuel” we use in our lives through meaningful relationships, rest and relaxation, personal development, spirituality, and personal growth.

Self-Actualization- The Mystic Experience and More

Following along our previous blog on Self-Actualization, Abraham Maslow outlined other characteristics of a self-actualized person:

  • The mystic experience– being in tune or at “one” with the world.  Can literally feel as if they are floating.
  • Feelings of “togetherness”- awareness and sensitivity to all mankind
  • Deep interpersonal relationships- profound and deep relationships with others
  • Insightful discrimination between means and ends- strong sense of right and wrong; good and bad.  Will not cross the line.
  • Philosophical sense of humor- enjoy humor; good natured yet serious
  • Creativity- highly creative and expressed in many dimensions (writing, speaking, painting, music, cooking, etc)
  • Transcendent of cultures- maintains a strong individuality, ability to objectively evaluate culture and relativity to its importance
  • Tolerant of imperfections- does not profess to be right or perfect.  Always willing to grow and learn.  Tolerant of the imperfection of others.

According to Dr. Kurt Goldstein, psychologist: Self-Actualization is a uniquely human need that separates humans from all other animals.

What is Wisdom?

There seems to be a lot of chatter about wisdom these days. There are discussions about the lack of wisdom and discussions about the over use of “wisdom” sources. All interesting discussions and related to our services which help people get to higher levels. We encourage people to increase their personal wisdom and use it in their decision making processes.

Yet, there is debate about wisdom and we get questions about “What is wisdom?” This is a great question that needs to be answered for our leaders and our emerging leaders who read our information.

Wisdom is the combination of experience and reflection. It allows the holder of this wisdom more choices and alternatives to make the correct decision depending upon the situation or a solve a problem based upon the real issues of the problem.
—  Voss W Graham

Let me discuss the ingredients of Wisdom = Experience plus Reflection.

Organizational Silos are Deadly

We all keep hearing about the tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico and the negative effects on the environment that will be years before they are fully known.  Less talked about are the tragic deaths of the workers on the oil rig.

Even less attention has been given to the organizational behavior that is being attributed to at least part of the tragedy.