Have you ever worked for a manager under whose guidance you’ve flourished; someone who listened to your ideas, recognised your talents and pushed you to your full potential? Someone who people sat up and listened to and whose passion rubbed off on everyone around them?
On the flip side, have you ever worked for a boss that drained the life energy out of you? Someone who insisted on being the smartest, loudest, most celebrated person in the room – and in doing so, overshadowed anyone else who dared to step up?
Chances are, most of us have known both kinds of boss, who researcher, executive advisor and New York Times bestselling author Liz Wiseman respectively refers to as ‘multipliers’ and ‘diminishers’. In her book, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, Wiseman reveals the results of extensive research that she undertook to discover the differences between leaders who multiply intelligence among their employees and those who diminish it, and what impact they have on their organisations.
In a nutshell, Wiseman found that the differences are largely a matter of mindset. While diminishers take a fixed-mindset approach – believing if employees don’t ‘get it’ now, they never will – multipliers have a more growth-oriented mindset. They back their teams, work hard to bring the right people together in the right environment, and give them the space they need to unleash their talents.
The pay-out for multipliers is huge. In fact, Wiseman estimates that multipliers can double the brain power inside their organisation, simply by finding peoples’ genius and utilising it to its full potential.
Her book is full of practical strategies for becoming a multiplier in five key areas: talent, culture, strategy, decision-making and execution. It’s a must-read for any leader, or those aspiring to rise up the ranks. After all, while many of us might be focusing on the power of technology in the workplace, the future success of organisations is really about the ability to be master communicators and to tap into human potential. Businesses around the globe are looking at how to build their human capital, and the best investment we can make is in how we amplify the talents, strengths and ideas of our people. As Wiseman so wonderfully puts it: “Do you want to be a genius or a genius maker, who creates a whole company of geniuses?”
- From your Coach Place team.