The Melting Pot with Dominic Monkhouse

Identifying The Accidental Diminisher with Liz Wiseman

Episode Summary

Do you drain your team or engage them? Are you wondering how to make your leadership team even greater? You need to listen to Liz Wiseman, author of New York Times bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter. Key takeaways: How teaching programming led her to becoming a researcher Not every smart person creates a smart team The limitations of diminisher leadership The behaviours of a diminisher Why perfectionists are the bottlenecks

Episode Notes

Do you drain your team or engage them? Are you wondering how to make your leadership team even greater? You need to listen to Liz Wiseman, author of New York Times bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.  

Liz is a researcher, executive advisor and author, writing Multipliers over 10 years ago. She’s recently updated it, although its core ideas still very much apply today. 

In it, she identifies two types of leaders - multipliers and diminishers. The multipliers get twice the output from their teams than the diminishers do. So you might be thinking, then why don’t we all strive to be multipliers? Because, Liz says, most of the behaviours exhibited by diminishers are completely accidental - only 20% of diminisher behaviours are deliberate.

“About two thirds of diminishing behaviour that we see is what we would call accidental diminisher behaviour, meaning it's done with the best of intentions.”

In this episode Dom chats to Liz about what these diminisher behaviours are - maybe you’ll recognise yourself in some of her descriptions. So if you think you could be holding your team back accidentally, preventing productivity and the only thing standing between your team and greatness is an awareness and desire to do things differently, then this fantastic conversation is not to be missed. 

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