I'm not big on business books. You're more likely to catch me reading Nouwen or Newbigin than Collins or Covey. So when a friend said I "had to" read Multipliers, I did so reluctantly.
I'm glad I did.
Toward the beginning of the book, author Liz Wiseman asks, "Do you want to be a genius or a genius maker?" Her definition of genius doesn't require high IQ or exceptional knowledge; it's about reproducing life change in others. True geniuses make other geniuses.
We tend to think movements are led by brash visionaries, but Wiseman debunks this notion. She explains how movement makers are usually people humble enough to live a life bigger than themselves.
She also writes about "diminishers," people whose pride limits the capability of those around them. Having a "diminisher" at the helm can spell doom for an organization. "As we studied Diminishers we heard case after case of smart individuals being underutilized by their leaders ... We learned that it is indeed possible to be both overworked and underutilized." Such cautions ring especially true in our time. Wiseman writes: "In down markets and times of scarcity, managers must find ways to get more capability and productivity from their current resources."
Multipliers frames a hopeful reality. The author contends that everyone—not just the talented and charismatic—has the potential to be a multiplier. If you can navigate a little corporate jargon, there are plenty of takeaways for people in ministry.
As a "multiplying pastor" on staff at my church, this book made me think. Do I want merely to be a disciple or a disciple-maker? Am I seeking to extend my own reach or to make the people around me better? How many Bible studies, ministries, and churches are spiraling downward ...