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doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000146

A New Leadership Curriculum: The Multiplication of Intelligence

Wiseman, Liz MA; Bradwejn, Jacques MD; Westbroek, Erick M.

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The authors propose a new model of leadership for the clinical setting. The authors’ research suggests that there is latent intelligence inside business and educational organizations because many leaders operate in a way that shuts down the intelligence of others. Such leaders are classified as “Diminishers.” In the clinical setting this behavior creates a hidden curriculum in medical education, passing on unprofessional patterns of behavior to future physicians. Other leaders, however, amplify intelligence, produce better outcomes, and grow talent. These leaders are classified as “Multipliers.” The authors suggest that Multiplier leadership should become the standard leadership practice in medical schools. Case studies of a Multiplier and a Diminisher are presented and illustrate the positive effect these leaders can have on medical education and health organizations.

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