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Leadership: Plain and Simple (Financial Times Series) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Radcliffe
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Leadership isn’t complicated – keep it simple and make it count. This new edition of Steve Radcliffe’s uniquely powerful, successful and practical framework will show you how to develop faster as a more confident and capable leader.

 

This compact, instantly-applicable guide to developing leadership skills contains practical insights, straightforward actions and plain guidelines to accelerate your growth as a leader.

 

The framework is derived from expert coach Steve Radcliffe’s work with real leaders in real leadership situations. It shows you how to:

 

- Be guided by the Future you want and stay focused on your vision

- Engage others in productive and stimulating working relationships that make things happen.

- Deliver the results you need to really move your business forward.

 

From the Back Cover

“I do not think I have ever read such a good, simple, helpful book about leadership. This book is such a gift and will be of inspiration and support to so many people.” Professor Gillian Stamp

 

“With this book, you won’t just grow as a leader, you’ll grow as a person too.”

John Harper, CEO, Hasbro Europe

LEADERSHIP ISN’T COMPLICATED. KEEP IT SIMPLE. MAKE IT COUNT.

You already have what it takes to be an effective leader. But to be the best leader you can be, you need to recognise what really works and then build your skills in these areas. Leadership: Plain and Simple gives you a powerful framework to help you do just this, by focusing on the only three leadership practices you’ll ever need. This framework is derived from expert coach Steve Radcliffe’s work with real leaders in real leadership situations. It shows you how to:

 

  • Be guided by the Future you want and stay focused on your vision.
  • Engage others in productive and stimulating working relationships that make things happen.
  • Deliver the results you need to really move your business forward.

 

This book is a compact, instantly-applicable guide to developing your leadership skills. It contains no jargon or irrelevant theory, just practical insights, straightforward actions and plain guidelines to accelerate your growth as a leader. Start using Leadership: Plain and Simplenow and reap the benefits straightaway.

Download templates and other tools to help you accelerate your growth as a leader now from the author’s website at www.futureengagedeliver.com/book.

 


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 659 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: FT Publishing International; 2 edition (7 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8EZP26
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but has its limitations 1 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is one of the better books on leadership, but the previous reviews are so gushing that I feel they lack balance. Perhaps that is why I gave it three stars rather than four stars.

First the good points. It is written in a clear, easy-to-read style. It is short (170 pages). The FED model is simple yet powerful. Finally, Mr Radcliffe clearly knows his stuff; his material is well thought out and based on experience.

Now the two main limitations. The book is so short that it means the important subject of limiting beliefs gets several mentions but no in-depth treatment, reducing its practical value in my view. Also, the FED model, while clear and simple, gives the impression that real-life leadership won't have messy twists and turns that can divert the leader. That gives the book a one-dimensional feel and that is when, for me, "simple" becomes "simplistic". It reminds me in this respect of Kouzes and Posner's book, The Leadership Challenge.

Nonetheless, I do recommend the book - it is just that I don't think it is enough on its own. As a companion read you could consider another of the recent offerings in this field, The Three Levels of Leadership by James Scouller. It is similarly easy to read and practical but delves more deeply into limiting beliefs.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does Exactly What it Says On the Cover 28 Feb 2011
By Martin
Format:Paperback
This litle book does exactly what its title suggests - circumnavigating the acres of verbose, over complicated, self serving, management psycho-babble found in most leadership texts and presents a plain and simple leadership model that really works.
How plain and simple? Well for me it passed the ultimate test: I'm a business leader with a 2 hour daily drive, with 3 kids under 6 at home and a short attention span, and yet I read this book last thing at night, understood it and retained enough of it to start practising it the next day at home and at work AND it worked.
The Future-Engage-Deliver model is simple to understand, simple to apply, simple to explain to others and simply makes sense...so do yourself a favour, buy this book, give yourself an easy late night read, and embrace a liberating leadership model that is so simple and yet so effective that it feels like cheating.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book really wasn't for me. I liked the idea of reducing leadership to its crystalline, pure essence and I loved the bit about a head teacher who'd used the FED model to help his pupils develop leadership skills. But generally it came across as a bit self-regarding, a bit self-important, almost New Age-y at times. Perhaps that IS what you get if you distil leadership to its essence, or perhaps it's just me -- lots of other people seem to like it.

One other thing: the use of capitals for Very Important Concepts (such as the Four Energies) was driving me faintly nuts by the end.

But the nice people at Amazon gave me my money back on my Kindle purchase, so this was a free read for me, and because my Spirit Energy is also particularly high tonight, Leadership: Plain and Simple can have two stars.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some simple principles to follow 1 Mar 2011
By Jon
Format:Paperback
The principles established in this book are very obvious but so easily overlooked. I found myself looking back over previous successes and failures and being able to translate them into the principles highlighted in the book. It was then easy to understand the reasons for success which I can then repeat, but also the reasons for failure and hence lessons to be applied from the book

If you are going to read one book to imporve your leadership capabilities then I would suggest it be this one as being straightforward, easy to apply and hence successful.
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By Carlej
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I've just started a new job where these skills are needed. It is written so even I can understand it, which is important when wanting to learn something as important. I didn't hesitate buying this after reading other reviews and I would recommend it
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By Tim
Format:Paperback
This book lives up to its title. The books true value comes from its simplicity and consequent practical applicability in how you can be a better leader every day. A good size, easy to digest and put in to action. I would definitely recommend.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, common sense at last 13 April 2012
By Bob
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As an Organisational Development Manager, I've been reading books on leadership for a wee while - most of them have been at best interesting and generally leave me pretty much none the wiser if I'm really honest. This book has been the first book that makes it simple - and useful - and actionable - and achievable. Ah, hurrah! It gets to the nub of the issues and focuses on the most important things - and how to easily start doing them and getting results. And it does it without fluff and flouncy words. Just a useful model, expertly put across. Thank you!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening 27 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback
Quite simply this book has had a revolutionary impact on my leadership. It is beautifully simple and easy to digest. I found that it provided me with a very useful lens to review my own performance: understand my strengths and identify my weaknesses.

Honest self reflection is critical to getting the most out of Steve's lessons in leadership, that and a well rounded support team (there's more on that in the book!) I had plenty of moments when I cringed or grimaced as I read elements that highlighted flaws in my practice. However, these are addressed in such a way that they are affirming rather than being soul destroying.

It might be a short initial read but there is plenty of scope for return visits. I loved the structure and the easy to read style that Steve uses. I have already been recommending this book to pretty much anyone I meet. This isn't a book about hierarchical leadership but one about igniting the spark of leadership in everyone. In fact if you don't see yourself as a leader, this text has even more to offer you.

Best investment I've made in a long time...
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