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Liz Wiseman

Best-selling author, proponent of talent development through leadership, advocates the power of harnessing collective intelligence.

01. ranked thinker

Ranked in 2021.

Previous positions:
#17 (2019), #35 (2017), #43 (2015), and #48 (2013).



Winner of the Thinkers50 2019 Leadership Award for Multipliers.


Shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2015 Leadership Award.


A prolific researcher into leadership, Wiseman distinguishes two types of leader. The first is the leader that considers him or herself to be the smartest person in the room. The second type of leader uses his or her intelligence to amplify the ideas and capabilities of the people around them – this leader is a “multiplier”. She explores the different leadership styles to demonstrate how multipliers can have a resounding positive and profitable effect, by developing talent and cultivating ideas and energy to create value and drive organizational change.




Wiseman is CEO of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in the Silicon Valley. A former executive at Oracle Corporation she was vice president for 17 years, and global leader for human resource development, at Oracle University. Wiseman obtained a bachelors degree in business management and a masters of organizational behaviour from Brigham Young University, where she is a frequent guest lecturer.


Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter (HarperBusiness, 2017); Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work (HarperCollins, 2014); The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools (Corwin, 2014).


Liz Wiseman



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“Among the leaders we meet, Liz Wiseman’s work is the most oft-cited as being of practical use.

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50