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Multiplier or Diminisher: Which One Are You? Part 1

The 5 Disciplines of Multipliers

At first glance, it’s hard to know for sure exactly what the title of the blog denotes.  The terms in the title come from the book, “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter”, by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown.

Once you study the disciplines and behaviors (as well as the results received) of each group, a light bulb will likely go off for you by which you can relate to previous managers who fit into one category or the other.

Multipliers: These leaders are genius makers and bring out the intelligence in others.  They build collective, viral intelligence in organizations.   Personally, I like to call this “collective intelligence.”

Diminishers: These leaders are absorbed in their own intelligence, stifle others, and deplete the organization of crucial intelligence and capability.

In this post we will look at the disciplines of the Multipliers.

Multipliers have 5 distinct disciplines that make them so effective:

1.     The Talent Magnet: Attracts talented people and uses them at their highest point of contribution

2.     The Liberator: Creates an intense environment that requires people’s best thinking and work

3.     The Challenger: Defines an opportunity that causes people to stretch

4.     The Debate Maker: Drives sound decisions through rigorous debate

5.     The Investor: Gives other people the ownership for results and invests in their success

Sounds pretty exciting, huh?   The first points to take away are:

  • That even Diminishers can move their behavior toward the Multiplier side with intentional desire.

The first place to start improving your behavior is in your assumptions about people.   That will be the hard part for most Diminishers

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Judy W Bell

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