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314 Liz Wiseman, Stephen Covey: Multipliers Revised and Updated

Unlock the full potential of your team by becoming a ‘Multiplier’ leader who amplifies intelligence and capabilities.



"Multipliers" explores two types of leaders: "Diminishers" who unknowingly stifle the talents of their team, and "Multipliers" who inspire and bring out the best in others. By understanding the mindset and practices of Multipliers, readers can transform their leadership approach to create a high-performing, empowered team.


Title: Multipliers: Revised and Updated

Authors: Liz Wiseman, Stephen Covey

Publishing Year: 2017

Publisher: Harper Business

Length: 11 hours 24 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. Multiplier vs. Diminisher: Learn the characteristics and behaviors that distinguish Multiplier leaders from Diminishers.
  2. Talent Magnet: Discover how Multipliers attract and retain top talent by creating an environment that encourages growth and innovation.
  3. The Five Disciplines: Explore the five essential disciplines that Multiplier leaders master to amplify the intelligence of their teams.
  4. The Accidental Diminisher: Recognize common pitfalls and unintentional behaviors that can diminish the potential of your team.
  5. Becoming a Multiplier: Acquire practical strategies and techniques to develop Multiplier skills and foster a culture of collaboration and excellence.

5 funny quotes

  1. "Multipliers are not superheroes; they just have a knack for bringing out the superpowers in others."
  2. "Being a Diminisher is like having an 'off' button for people's brains. Don't be that person."
  3. "If you want to be a Multiplier, just remember this simple equation: IQ + EQ = MQ (Multiplier Quotient)."
  4. "A good Multiplier leader is like a chef, bringing together the right ingredients and spices to create a delicious team dynamic."
  5. "Diminishers may have the title, but Multipliers have the magical powers of making people feel smart and capable."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "Diminishers drain intelligence and energy from the people around them. They always seem to have a lot of smart people on their team, but they never really get much out of them."
  2. "The best leaders are not the ones with all the answers; they are the ones who know how to ask the right questions."
  3. "The Multiplier leader is not the genius with all the ideas; she is the genius maker who brings out the intelligence in others."
  4. "Leaders who create Multiplier environments can expect their people to think and work like owners, taking responsibility for the success of the team."
  5. "Multipliers know that everyone has genius-level talent; it's their job to find it and put it to work."

5 dilemmas

  1. The Dilemma of Talent Hoarding: Leaders face the challenge of either hoarding talented individuals, limiting their growth and potential, or multiplying their talent by empowering them to take on greater responsibilities and develop their skills.
  2. The Dilemma of Decision Making: Leaders can either make all the decisions themselves, limiting the team's autonomy and growth, or create a culture of ownership and collaboration, allowing team members to contribute their ideas and make decisions collectively.
  3. The Dilemma of Micro-Managing: Leaders must navigate the balance between micromanaging their team members, stifling their creativity and initiative, or giving them the freedom and autonomy to excel and take ownership of their work.
  4. The Dilemma of Recognition: Leaders face the challenge of either taking credit for their team's achievements, diminishing their motivation and engagement, or recognizing and celebrating the contributions of their team members, fostering a culture of appreciation and empowerment.
  5. The Dilemma of Growth Mindset: Leaders must choose between having a fixed mindset, believing that people's abilities are fixed and limited, or cultivating a growth mindset, believing in the potential of individuals to learn, grow, and excel.

5 examples

  1. Apple Inc.: The book discusses how Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, was known for his Multiplier leadership style, empowering his team to unleash their creativity and innovation.
  2. Pixar Animation Studios: The author highlights how Ed Catmull, the co-founder of Pixar, fostered a Multiplier culture by valuing diverse perspectives and creating an environment that allowed creativity to flourish.
  3. General Electric: The book explores how Jack Welch, the former CEO of GE, applied Multiplier principles by encouraging his employees to take ownership and think like business leaders.
  4. Mahatma Gandhi: As an example from history, the book references Gandhi's Multiplier-like leadership approach, empowering people and encouraging them to take action for change.
  5. Google: The book showcases how Google's culture encourages Multiplier behaviors such as fostering psychological safety, promoting collaboration, and valuing diverse thinking.

Referenced books

  1. "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Daniel H. Pink
  2. "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol S. Dweck
  3. "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman
  4. "The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Everything Else" by Daniel Coyle
  5. "Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't" by Simon Sinek

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