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Book Review: Multipliers

When someone imagines the ideal leader of a company, he or she likely pictures a dynamic individual who is in complete command of an organization. The leader is the kind of person who comes up with brilliant strategies and pushes his or her direct reports to bring great ideas to fruition. Recent research indicates that this type of top-down leadership has seen its twilight. The best leaders in today’s organizations are those who create a collaborative environment where individuals increase their performance level of their own volition. Authors Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown examine the difference between the two types of leadership in their book Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter. The Soundview Executive Book Summary of Multipliers is now available at

The major motivator for executives to read Multipliers is the effect described by Wiseman and McKeown for those who practice the book’s principles. Multipliers, they write, are talent magnets. They are the individuals in an organization for whom the best and brightest people wish to work. Wiseman and McKeown do an excellent job of addressing a debate that occurs in many a professional’s mind. Which is the more expedient route to the top: personal accomplishment or leading a successful team? One might suggest that, based on the stories told in Multipliers, the two are inexorably linked. Great personal success is directly derived from the ability to bring the best out of others.

Wiseman and McKeown guide readers through the necessary elements of becoming a multiplier. They illustrate their ideas with stories from a variety of notable organizations. Each story reinforces the book’s main concept: the best executives aren’t geniuses, they’re genius makers. Leaders who dedicate their time to the concepts in Multipliers will learn the best way to release the reins and let their team’s talent shine through.

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“Great personal success is directly derived from the ability to bring the best out of others.”This is brilliant!! Thanks for a great review.

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