Multiplier leaders behave similarly in 5 ways: they act as talent magnets, liberators, challengers, debate makers and investors.
- Talent Magnets don’t have a shortage of talent, quite the opposite – people line up to work for them. They have an innate ability to identify what Wiseman calls the “native genius” in each member of their team, naming the talent and then putting it to work for them. They are not constrained by traditional job descriptions, but rather seek to apply the talent of their team to the job at hand.
- Liberators free people up to do their best thinking. Instead of providing all the answers, liberators have learned the art of asking the question, facilitating conversations that encourage people to find their own answers. Multiplying leaders encourage people to think for themselves instead; those employees quite literally report that they become smarter.
- Challengers are up for precisely that – a challenge. The have the ability to stretch people beyond their current capability, thrusting people out of their comfort zones in such a way that the “stretch is met”. As people step into their new zone, they discover a level of capability that they never knew existed.
- Debate Makers create the ultimate democracy, convinced that the best answers will come from the group. Instead of setting teams up to fail and fight, Multipliers who facilitate debate give their teams time to research their position, clearly define the parameters and goals, and then “pit their wits against each other” to unleash the potential of what lies in the realm of possibility.
- Investors answer the biggest question of all: how do we get people in the business to be accountable for the outcome? Investors know that real ownership and accountability only comes when the individual or team have made the decision themselves, what Wiseman terms “giving them 51% of the vote”. A courageous act? Maybe, but one that will forever change the landscape of your business.
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