What’s in it for me? Learn how you can unlock your inner super boss!
Multipliers Liz Wiseman Summary – Most of us know a bad boss when we see one. Why else are movies like Horrible Bosses and TV shows like “The Office” so popular?
But surprisingly few of us have ever worked with or truly experienced a great boss. That’s why Liz Wiseman studied the actions of all the different types of bosses and categorized them. In short, a bad boss is a Diminisher, in that they deplete your energy and motivation, and all the other characteristics that make for a good worker. Meanwhile, a good boss is a Multiplier, someone who can make a good employee twice or even 100 times better than they would be on their own.
This article lays out all the effective habits and principles of Multipliers. By following their lead, you can turn your own work into a more productive and healthy environment.
You’ll also find out
- what Magic Johnson can teach us about good leadership;
- why being a decision maker isn’t always a good thing; and
- how to set the perfect stage for a productive debate.
There are two types of leaders: those who diminish the strengths of their team and those who multiply them.
Generally, there are two kinds of bosses: those who make you feel like you were born to do your job, and those who make you dread going to work in the morning.
These are, respectively, Multipliers and Diminishers.
Diminishers are the kinds of managers that sap both intelligence and energy out of their employees.
While a Diminisher is often a smart person, they’re usually focused more on their own intelligence than they are on taking advantage of the potential smarts within their team. In fact, Diminishers tend to stifle ideas, which results in employees harboring feelings of unfulfillment and inferiority.
Let’s look at an example. Vikram was a worker at Intel who had to cope with a manager who was a Diminisher. Even though this manager was an intelligent and capable scientist, he would eat up around a third of every meeting talking about his plans, while shooting down any other idea that wasn’t his own. Eventually, the impression that Vikram and his coworkers got was that their manager didn’t want them thinking for themselves!
Diminishers earn their name because these actions have a diminishing effect on the capability and productivity of their underlings.
When employees working under a Diminisher were asked about the level of effort they gave, they generally responded with numbers between 20 and 50 percent.
Multipliers, on the other hand, do the opposite: they increase the intelligence and achievements of their team.
A prototypical example of a Multiplier is the legendary basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
When Magic was a young, up-and-coming star, his high school coach always made sure the other players on the team would pass the ball to Magic so that he could score. This certainly led to the team winning games – but when the games were over, Magic would see sad or disappointed looks on the faces of his teammates’ parents.
It was then that he decided he would use his skills to help everyone on his team shine and be the best they could be. And this is how Magic earned his nickname: he had the amazing ability to raise the game of each and every teammate.
Most leaders aren’t an extreme Diminisher or Multiplier, but rather fall somewhere in between. So, next, we’ll look at some of the key Multiplier qualities you…..
To Read Multipliers Liz Wiseman Summary completely sign up to 12min for free (Click here)
Ever read 4 books in one day?