Liz Wiseman on Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

In this episode of the Blanchard LeaderChat podcast we interview Liz Wiseman, author of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.

Drawing on some of the key points from the new revised and updated edition of her acclaimed Wall Street Journal bestseller, Wiseman explores why some leaders, whom she calls diminishers, drain capability and intelligence from their teams while others, multipliers, amplify it to produce better results.

Wiseman explains that leading others begins by leading self.  She shares stories from her early work career where she learned that she did her best work when she was being challenged and felt she was a little bit in over her head.

Wiseman also shares some of the top questions she has been asked since the initial release of the first edition of Multipliers. She discusses some of the ways to bring out the best in others—while avoiding diminishers—and especially how to avoid being an accidental diminisher yourself.

Wiseman’s advice to leaders is to be a multiplier of people by seeing your job as helping to bring out the potential in each person.  Accidental diminishing happens when well-meaning managers unknowingly micromanage or rescue their people and deprive them of a chance to learn and grow.

Be sure to listen to the very end of the interview to hear Ken Blanchard’s takeaways—what he learned and will remember from the interview.

2 thoughts on “Liz Wiseman on Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

  1. Pingback: Multipliers: Smart Leadership Multiplies Smart Solutions, Smart Followers | Lead Me On

  2. Great podcast with Liz Wiseman. The idea that people do their best work when they are invited and given opportunities to stretch echos my understanding of childhood literacy development. That is, kids given “stretch” books to read (slightly higher than their reading level, but not so high they will be lost or frustrated) show the greatest progress in literacy.

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