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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Are you a genius or a genius maker?
We've all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders.
The first type 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. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the capabilities of the people around them. When these leaders walk into a room, light bulbs go off over people's heads; ideas flow and problems get solved. These are the leaders who inspire employees to stretch themselves to deliver results that surpass expectations. These are the Multipliers. And the world needs more of them, especially now when leaders are expected to do more with less.
In this video, Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown visit Google to discuss their book Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter. They share the research behind Multipliers and illustrate the resoundingly positive and profitable effect these Multipliers have on organisations -- how they get more done with fewer resources, develop and attract talent, and cultivate new ideas and energy to drive organisational change and innovation. They introduce the five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers.
The good news is that these five disciplines are not based on innate talent; indeed they are skills and practices that everyone can learn to use, even lifelong and recalcitrant Diminishers.
Just imagine what you could accomplish if you could harness all the energy and intelligence around you!