It’s an all-too-common workplace phenomenon, leadership poorly exercised. Have you ever worked for a leader who underutilised your talent or who made you question your own intelligence? Or, have you ever worked for a leader who drew on every ounce of your brainpower and even made you smarter and more capable? We call the first type of leader a Diminisher and the second type a Multiplier.
Despite your good intentions, you may be holding your team back. Many leaders are unaware of the restrictive impact they can have on others. Some have continually been praised for their intellectual merit—and thus assume they’re supposed to have all the answers. Others have worked for Diminishers for so long they’ve gone native.