Source: Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter-Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown
Leaders who are liberators:
- Put other people on the stage
- Identify hard opinions vs. soft opinions-soft opinions are for others to discuss and think about for themselves
- Understand that formal hierarchies can suppress voices and ideas of those at the bottom.
- Operate as a peer or create an environment of freedom to express you view
- Create an intense environment
Positive Culture Created by a Liberator
- Ideas are generated with ease.
- People learn rapidly and adapt to new environments.
- People work collaboratively.
- Complex problems get solved.
- Difficult tasks get accomplished.
Three Practices of a Liberator
1. Create Space
- Listen more/Talk Less
- Be consistent and predictable-allows other to know when they can contribute and creates safety
- Level the Playing Field
- Stay out of the details
2. Demand People's Best Work
- Hold people to their best work, not outcomes (can't control outcomes-causes unnecessary stress)
3. Generate Rapid Learning Cycles
- Give permission to make mistakes.
- Admit and share personal mistakes.
- Insist on learning from mistakes.
Hard-Where you have a clear and potentially emphatic point
Soft-Where you have a perspective to offer and ideas for someone else to consider