Multipliers – A Book Review
Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter is a leadership book that identifies 2 types of leaders. These 2 operate at the opposite ends of the spectrum, one being a positive force in the organization (Multiplier) and the other a negative force (Diminisher). The book then identifies and discusses 5 disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers. It provides examples based on the authors’ research. Finally, it gives recommendations on how to be a leader that amplifies the capabilities of others, providing a positive and profitable effect on one’s organization.
The first edition hardcover measures 6 in. wide, 1 inch thick, and 9 in. tall. Shipping weight is about 1 pound. A Kindle format is also available. The book has 288 pages divided into 7 chapters and 4 appendices. It was published in June 2010 by Harper Business in the English language. ISBN-10: 0061964395; ISBN-13: 978-0061964398
Multipliers is a book for organization leaders such as CEOs and other C-suite executives. However, it will also be valuable for any professional or individual in leadership position. These include team leaders, project managers, and other heads or managers of business or groups. Students interested in organizational behavior and business management can also derive benefit from the book as a reference.
What Customers Say
Barry D. (Amazon) described Multipliers as a fascinating practical leadership book. It is full of real-life examples from business and life. It has chapters that contrast the attitude and practices of different types of leaders belonging either to the Multiplier group or the Diminisher group. It also provides exceptional guidance.
Robert L. (Amazon) stated that it is a business book that will stand the test of time. He believes it can dramatically change people’s work and personal life. Each chapter illuminates concepts that seemed obvious to people at first but is now backed by research from the book. He also recommends going to the book’s website for more tools and assessment.
Rolf D. (Barnes and Noble) described it as an inspirational leadership manifesto. The book will show readers how to elicit more from people they work or live with. It shows readers ways how to help others grow and become more than what they thought to be. It will challenge the reader at every turn. The contrasts will also help identify traits of leaders that either multiply or diminish talent around them.
Content, Approach, Style
Content: Multipliers is divided into 7 chapters. The first chapter introduces the concept of a Multiplier, a leader that helps others to be more. It is then followed by a discussion of 5 disciplines that are characteristic of Multipliers. They are also contrasted by what Diminishers do in opposite. The last chapter provides guidance and recommendations on how to become a Multiplier type of a leader.
Approach/Tone: The authors proceed from a narrative point of view based on hundreds of research. From these, they share real-life stories that emphasize the points and ideas they want to highlight.
Style: The content is easy to read with everyday language and little business or psychology terms. The paragraphs are of readable length, and ideas flow smoothly. Topics and ideas are also well identified. The research is discussed in the appendices in greater detail with accompanying tables.
Why Buy the Book
Multipliers provides an evidence-based discussion of what many people have suspect all along. There are leaders that build everyone on the team such that more are accomplished because they inspire, encourage, and build everyone else. And there are leaders whose methods seem to do just the opposite, at times because they want to show others that they alone are superior. The book not only provide narrative examples but also recommendations and insight of how to be the better leader, and what to avoid or change to not become a Diminisher.
Liz Wiseman is the president of the Wiseman Group, a management research and development group with headquarters in Menlo Park, CA, USA. Liz received her Bachelors degree in Business Management and Masters of Organizational Behavior degree at Brigham Young University. She was an executive at Oracle Corporation as global leader for HRD and was VP of Oracle University also for 17 years. She teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. Liz has written 2 other best-selling books, namely, Rookie Smarts and the Multiplier Effect. She also writes for Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and other journals for business and leadership.
Greg McKeown is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Essentialism. He is originally from England, and now lives in Menlo Park, CA, USA. He received his Bachelors degree at Brigham Young University and his MBA at Stanford University. He has conducted research in the field of leadership, strategy and successful teams and organizations. He regularly speaks to business communities, including at companies such as Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and many more. He was recently named a Young Global Leader by the WEF. He holds a one-day workshop based on insights from his book and exercises from his course at Stanford.