What is a multiplier?
What does all this have to do with flight test and ATOMs? I think every flight test professional should read this book and listen to these podcasts and follow this leader.
Or perhaps the more appropriate question is “who” is a multiplier? Maybe it’s as simple as an outlier who multiplies, but I’ll elaborate anyway.
John Maxwell said, “To add growth, add followers. To multiply growth, add leaders.” (I wish I could remember what book he said that in–I definitely encourage you to read them all.)
A multiplier is someone who adds leaders.
Multipliers add leaders in 2 ways:
1. Add leaders to their friends, followers, and circles.
2. Add leaders to their team or business.
Add Leaders to Your Circle of Influence
It’s been said many times that “You are the sum of your five closest friends.” At any level, leaders need to have other successful professionals around them who know things they don’t know, have been places they haven’t been. They need to be connected to people who are experts at things they are not experts at. Flight test professionals, in particular, need access to other test pilots and engineers who have faced similar challenges, because it is impossible to know it all yourself. One good piece of advice can save more than just many hours or inefficient work or heartache–it can save a life in our business.
But adding leaders is more than just adding influence. In fact, it has been demonstrated that your income is proportional to the income of those closest to you as well. Dave Ramsey is one of the leaders I’ve added to my circle of influence. I still listen to the podcast of his radio show–he makes more money than I do, has a more successful business, and knows more about parenting. In addition, I believe that the authority of one’s leadership is proportional to the authenticity of one’s followership. So most of all, I appreciate Dave’s faith and the fact that he follows the Lord Jesus Christ.
Add Leaders to Your Team
EntreLeadership is a book, a podcast, a weeklong class–and it’s a made-up word that describes Dave Ramsey’s perspective on who and what are multiplier is, on the kind of leaders that he added to his team. Recently, I read Jon Acuff’s book, Quitter–and Jon is exactly the kind of multiplier that Dave has added to his team, as he explains in that book.
A Multiplier is also a “What”
Audio podcasts are also a multiplier, because you can listen while you workout or run. Recently I read that when our mind wanders our mood decreases or depresses. Why not redeem your drive time as well with good, uplifting audio content that will increase your knowledge, wisdom, productivity, etc.
You can add Dave to your inner circle on twitter, facebook, two podcasts, and countless more books like More than Enough.
So who do you listen to that is more successful than you?
Outliers – Who to Follow is a column that introduces you to Outliers, leaders of significance, people you should follow. Following them will not just add value–it will multiply value in your life and leadership. Follow the list @markjonesjr/multiplyleaders on twitter to get introduced to more leaders who are Outliers.