I will admit that I was initially confused by the title of this book – Leadership The Multiplier Effect (Hodder & Stoughton 2018) as it sounds so similar to one of my all-time favourites (Multipliers and the Multiplier Effect, both by Liz Wiseman). But it’s not at all. The book is quintessentially British, both in tone and style. There’s a lot of swearing so if you are easily offended, steer clear. But if not, I think you’ll find it witty, amusing and overall filled with practical, actionable advice.
Leadership is very much a book of our time and I found myself applying the lessons to many of the mainstream news stories. Whether it is acknowledging that a real leader already HAS influence, and doesn’t feel the need to tell people about it, or training people well enough they can leave (but treating them well enough that they don’t want to), the book is like sitting down with an irreverent friend who isn’t afraid to tell you the truth.
There’s a section about ‘hard’ versus ‘soft’ skills that looks at this well-hashed debate through a slightly different lens. The conclusion is that of the ‘soft’ skills, listening is by far the most important. It’s a simple concept, but one that can easily get lost in the frantic pursuit of business goals.
This may not be the most academic of books, but it is written by a real-life Doctor of Happiness (author Andy Cope got his PhD in Happiness from Loughborough University) and holds some important lessons. Dive in knowing that there’s a lot of tongue-in-cheek humour, quirky typefaces and even some cartoons. Happy reading!