Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

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 smarts and 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 book we have studied intelligence and how Multipliers can have a resoundingly positive and profitable effect on organizations—getting more done with fewer resources, developing and attracting talent, and cultivating new ideas and energy to drive organizational change and innovation.

Book Praise

“As Lincoln famously framed the dilemma: How do leaders bring out ‘the better angels of our nature’? Multipliers gets closer to answering this fundamental leadership question than anything I’ve read in recent years.”

Warren Bennis, Distinguished and University Professor at the University of Southern California and author of Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership

“What does every successful CEO and CFO have in common? They are all Multipliers. Learn how they change the world through others.”

John Doerr, General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers

“The authors succeed brilliantly in addressing a critical but unexplored phenomenon – how leaders unleash the intelligence and capability in others. This practical framework is a must-read for all those who aspire to lead in the knowledge economy.”

C.K. Prahalad, Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor, the Ross School of Business, the University of Michigan

“In over thirty years of evaluating executives it was clear to me that some achieved much more than others, but it wasn’t always clear why. Wiseman and McKeown present a fresh and compelling analysis of how Multipliers create value while others destroy it.”

Tom Friel, former CEO and Chairman of the Board, Heidrick and Struggles

“Every so often a book comes along that forces us to ask important and difficult questions of ourselves. Multipliers challenges us to imagine a dramatically more productive future for our organizations – one that requires letting go of some of the very behaviors that helped us get to the top.”

Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO

“They say in the theater business that if you are a triple treat; one can sing, dance and act. Most folks on Broadway excel at one or two. Very hard to excel at all three. In the “thought leader” world…Liz Wiseman is a quadruple threat. Her books are groundbreaking, she’s a pro on the platform, her resume is impressive, but her genuine heart for serving others is what makes her the best of the best.”

Tommy Spaulding, NYT bestseller of The Heart-Led Leader & It’s Not Just Who You Know