Leaders should multiply commitment

‘Force-multiplication’ is a term used in military science and warfare and refers to an attribute or a combination of attributes that dramatically increases (hence multiplies) the effectiveness of an item or group, giving the troops the ability to accomplish greater things than without it. The expected size increase required to have the same effectiveness without that advantage is the multiplication factor. If a specific technology, like GPS for example, enables a force to accomplish the same results of a force five times as large but without GPS, then the ‘multiplier’ is ‘five’.

A modern example of a force-multiplier could perhaps be the role that tanker aircraft (like the Boeing KC-135) play by carrying fuel so bomber and fighter aircraft can take off loaded with extra weapons and ammunition instead of full fuel tanks. The tankers increase the range and time loitering near the target by off-loading fuel when it is needed. The force-multiplier of a KC-135R can be anywhere from a factor of 1.5 to as much as 6 when used near the target area — clearly a huge advantage.

Leaders, likewise, should develop force-multiplying attributes that dramatically increase levels of commitment amongst employees. These force-multiplying attributes include the following traits:

  • The ability to recruit accurately and strategically — as employees’ feelings of belonging start to develop well before they actually join the organisation, recruitment procedures should be professional and helpful. Organisations have goals and values and people recruited by the organisation should share these. Check for organisational ‘fit’.

Leaders should be force-multipliers of commitment. The leaders’ characters, attributes and management practices should dramatically increase levels of commitment amongst employees, not dampen their spirits.

Originally published at https://www.stretchforgrowth.com on August 15, 2017.

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Jonathan has spent over 30 years focusing his efforts on developing people throughout the world. He believes that people have the most impact when stretched.

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Jonathan Mills

Jonathan has spent over 30 years focusing his efforts on developing people throughout the world. He believes that people have the most impact when stretched.