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 needs to be the smartest person in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the Diminishers of talent and capability.
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 on; ideas flow and problems get solved. These are the leaders who inspire teachers and administrators to stretch themselves and surpass expectations. These leaders use their smarts to make everyone around them smarter and more capable. These leaders are Multipliers. The educational system needs intelligence Multipliers right now especially when leaders must do more with less.
Taking a deep dive with more than 100 of education’s best leaders, the authors explore the five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers and how these leaders attract and develop talent, as well as harness new ideas and energy to drive educational innovation.
The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius in our Schools is an invitation to leaders across education to operate as Multipliers accessing and channeling the intelligence, talent, and creativity of the people around them. The book is a sequel to Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter (HarperCollins 2010), which was a Wall Street Journal bestseller, was featured on U.S. National Public Radio and in Harvard Business Review and continues to rank in the top 50 management books on Amazon.com.
In this engaging and highly practical book, leadership expert Liz Wiseman, leadership coach Elise Foster, and veteran principal Lois Allen team up to offer compelling research showing the overwhelmingly positive and exponential effect on schools – getting more done without increasing the number of teachers and resources.
Taking a deep dive with more than 100 of education’s best leaders, the authors explore the five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers and how these leaders attract and develop talent, as well as harness new ideas and energy to drive educational innovation. These five disciplines are not based on innate talent; indeed they are skills that every educator can learn to use – even when steeped in lifelong Diminisher settings.
What could you and your school accomplish if you could mobilize all the energy and intelligence around you? The Multiplier Effect will show you the possibilities and how to lead like a Multiplier.
Liz Wiseman is president of The Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development center headquartered in Silicon Valley. She is a researcher, best-selling author and executive advisor who teaches leaders around the world. She is the former vice president of Oracle University. Liz holds a master’s in organizational behavior and a bachelor’s in business management from Brigham Young University.
Lois Allen has 30 years experience in public education. She is a former teacher, special education coordinator, assistant principal, and principal (elementary and middle school). She holds a bachelor’s in speech pathology and audiology and a master’s in special education from San Jose State University.
Elise Foster teaches leadership to business and educational leaders. She has served as a faculty adviser and coached students at Indiana University (Kelley School of Business) and as a management fellow at Harvard University. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s in engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s in Education from Harvard University.