I’m sure you are genius, that’s what they sent you the invite, gave your platform and microphone to speak.
The question is are you going to use the opportunity to tell us how genius you are or are you going to use the opportunity to create other geniuses?
Are you going to use the platform to increase your profile or are you going to use it to increase the profile of others?
Are you going to use the platform to be the centre of attention or are you going to use it to shine the light on others.
When people listen to you are they going to say “wow you are so smart” or are they going to say “wow, I didn’t realise I’m that smart as well.”
Liz Wiseman in her amazing book Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, explores the concept of diminishers and multipliers in leadership.
Diminisher: leaders seemed to drain intelligence and capability out of the people around them.
Their focus on their own intelligence and their resolve to be the smartest person in the room had a diminishing effect on everyone else.
Other people’s ideas suffocated and died in their presence and the flow of intelligence came to an abrupt halt around them.
Around these leaders, intelligence flowed only one way: from them to others.”
Multipliers: Other leaders used their intelligence in a fundamentally different way. They applied their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capability of people around them.
People got smarter and better in their presence. Ideas grew; challenges were surmounted; hard problems were solved.
These leaders seemed to make everyone around them better and more capable. These leaders were not just intelligent themselves, they were intelligence Multipliers.
As a leader, your job is to unleash the full potential of each person on your team. This means you have have to be a genius maker.
“Perhaps these leaders understood that the person sitting at the apex of the intelligence hierarchy is the genius maker, not the genius.” – Liz Wiseman
We need more than just geniuses at the top of our businesses, we need genius makers.
My prayer is that I will be a multiplying leader, forever tapping the genius of the people around me.