Are you an accidental diminisher? Is it possible that, despite good intentions, you’ve been accidentally diminishing the people on your team? To find out, take this survey on Liz Wiseman’s website from her book Multipliers.
How did you do? As you can see from this survey, sometimes even our best intentions can cause us to diminish the potential of those that work on our team. Wiseman, along with Greg McKeown, researched 150 leaders from 35 companies to draw out the five disciplines of a multiplier that make them stand apart from the diminisher.
What they found is that when a multiplier walks into a room, light bulbs go off over people’s heads; ideas flow and problems get solved. These are leaders who inspire employees to stretch themselves to deliver results that surpass expectations. On the other hand, a diminisher drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment.
Here are the five disciplines of a multiplier:
- The Talent Magnet – Attracts talented people & uses them at their highest point of contribution.
- The Liberator – Creates an intense environment that requires people’s best thinking and work.
- The Challenger – Defines an opportunity that causes people to stretch.
- The Debate Maker – Drives sound decisions through rigorous debate.
- The Investor – Gives other people the ownership for results and invests in their success.
If you would like to learn more about how to be a Multiplier, please join us on June 21st as we talk with Liz Wiseman about her research and the resulting disciplines in more detail at our Soundview Live webinar How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter. Bring your questions for Liz as well.