Soundview Executive Book Summaries


One Good Thought Deserves Another

As with so many organizations today, Soundview Executive Book Summaries is active on Twitter. If you’ve never checked us out, you can find us @businessbooks. One of my favorite aspects of Twitter is the ability to check out who each “Twitterer” is following. If you look at the list of people Soundview is following, you’ll see many of the authors, speakers and thought leaders whose works have become some of Soundview’s best business book summaries.

I was scanning a few folks’ Twitter feeds today and saw a great quote from one of the people Soundview follows: John Maxwell. He posted a quote from former football coach Lou Holtz that reads,”It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.”

Coincidentally, this concept of discovering and growing the ability of others forms the basis for one of Soundview’s newest summaries. Our subscriber base has taken quite an interest in Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown. The concept bucks the trend of the “command and conquer” style of leadership. The notion of a single individual who dictates policy and carries the flag (while the rank and file fall into line accordingly) is heroic but also impractical for growth. Think of it this way: In one room is a single desk occupied by a successful leader. In a second room, a staff of 20 talented employees sit around a conference table. If you gave everyone a problem to solve, which of the two rooms is more likely to come up with a variety of innovative solutions?

The best scenario would be one in which the leader and the 20-person team collaborate. As Multipliers demonstrates, a leader who is a multiplier creates an environment where employees are actively engaged and emotionally attached. This gives them the opportunity to push their talents to new heights.

To learn more, pick up a copy of Soundview’s book summary of Multipliers, and don’t forget to visit Soundview online at Summary.com for more great books on leadership.

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