Multipliers, Revised and Updated: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter



A reworked and updated edition of the acclaimed Wall Street Journal, which explores why some executives leak their skills and intelligence from their teams, while others amplify it to achieve better results.

We all had experience with two dramatically different leaders. The first type draws intelligence, energy and abilities from the people around them and should always be the smartest person in the room. These are brainchilders, energy exploiters, weakeners of talent and commitment. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to strengthen the intelligence and abilities of the people around them. When these leaders walk into a room, light bulbs burn out over people’s heads; ideas flow and problems are solved. These are the leaders who encourage employees to stretch themselves to achieve results that exceed expectations. These are the multipliers. And the world needs more, especially now that leaders are expected to do more with less.

In this engaging and highly practical book, leadership expert Liz Wiseman explores these two leadership styles, convincingly demonstrating how Multipliers can have a distinctly positive and profitable impact on organizations – they can do more with less resources, develop and attract talent, and create new ones. ideas can be cultivated with energy to stimulate organizational change and innovation.

Analyzing data from more than 150 leaders, Wiseman identified five disciplines that differentiate multipliers from reducers. These five disciplines are not based on innate talent; indeed, skills and practices that everyone can learn to use – even lifelong and self-conscious Diminishers. Vivid, real-world case studies, as well as practical tips and techniques, bring these principles to life, showing you how to become a Multiplier, whether you’re a new or experienced manager. This venerable classic has been updated with new examples of Multipliers as well as two new chapters, one on random Diminishers and the other on the treatment of Diminishers.

Just imagine what you can achieve by harnessing all the energy and intelligence around you. The multipliers show how.