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Steve Radcliffe
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20 Nov 2009 Financial Times Series

 

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 & Simple gives you a powerful, actionable 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

  • Engageothers 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 & Simple now and reap the benefits straight away.

 

 

 

 

HOW TO BE A LEADER WHO MAKES A DIFFERENCE

 

The best leaders aren’t distinguished by their competencies, skills or personality. They stand out because they’re in touch with what they care about and because they go for it, consciously focusing on the things that will make the biggest difference. Packed with revealing quotes and case studies from real leaders, Leadership, Plain & Simple shows you how you can achieve outstanding results by taking this approach.

 

This results-focused book uses a highly effective and proven coaching style to help you identify what’s most important to you as a leader. Through a combination of probing questions and step-by-step action plans, expert leadership coach Steve Radcliffe shows you how to identify the areas where you personally should focus your efforts and gives you the actions, practices and guidelines you need to accelerate your leadership skills, whatever you’re aiming to achieve.

 

A fast, focused and straight talking guide to fulfilling your potential as a leader.



Product details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 1 edition (20 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273730894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273730897
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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.

 

About the Author

Steve Radcliffe is one of Europe’s most successful leadership coaches and the head of Steve Radcliffe Associates. Best known for his Future – Engage – Deliverleadership model, over the last 20 years he has worked with hundreds of chief executives, directors and their teams, in organisations as diverse as Unilever, First Direct, the National College of School Leadership and the UK’s Civil Service, where he contributes to the prestigious High Potential Development Scheme.

 

Steve grew up in Wigan, and studied at Oxford University. From there, he joined Procter and Gamble, later moving to the US to become the CEO of a division of the multinational business Tambrands. In 1991, he left to pursue a career as a leadership coach. High profile clients have included Sir Gus O’Donnell, Cabinet Secretary and head of the Civil Service; former Unilever chairman and now chairman of Reuters, Niall Fitzgerald; and Richard Baker, former CEO of Alliance Boots.

 

Steve now lives in Hampshire, where his main leadership challenge outside of work is learning to be the dad of three teenagers! His hobbies of tennis, landscape photography and supporting Wigan Athletic help keep him fit and sane.


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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but has its limitations 1 Aug 2011
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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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29 of 34 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By James T
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book - well written 25 Jun 2014
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I liked this book - but agree with others that the FED model has its limitations. But it is readable and interesting. Overall recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Leadership: Boring & Crass 17 Jun 2014
By Articus
Format:Paperback
OK, I that might be a little harsh - but only a little. I honestly found this a very irritating book. A friend recommended it to me as being a suitable starting point for a presentation I'd been asked to give to our team. Oh, dear. I found the style very irritating and self-indulgent. I wanted someone to talk TO me not DOWN TO me.

This book just didn't work for me so in desperation I logged onto the website of the Institute of Leadership and Management (which I should have done in the first place) where I found a review of "Who's Driving the Bus: Leadership and Management in a Few Easy Steps" by Sue Gee. This one worked for me and I've given in 5/5 but Steve Radcliffe is at best a 3/5 and I'd give him 2.5/5 if I could. Sorry.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This didn't quite hit the spot 17 Jun 2014
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I was looking for a simple but practical guide to leadership and management and on the surface this book seemed to fit the bill. However I found it didn't quite hit the spot. Leaving aside the dry style I found the level it was pitched at too high for the simplistic language used.

I've also tried James Scouller's Three Levels of Leadership, which maybe was a bit too much the other way, and Sue Gee's Who's Driving the Bus which introduces leadership and management in an easy, friendly and readable style at just the right level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 11 Jun 2014
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Well written. Good read and practical approach. Certainly will be using it in my leadership role. Well done Steve Radcliffe!
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Really good book for anyone wanting to understand and develop their leadership skills. Easy to read and positioned just at the right level. Read more
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I enjoyed this book. It proves that leadership is not a gift or a title.A powerful book for any library on leadership. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Darren Kelly
1.0 out of 5 stars Very plain and simple
Bought the book with high hopes due to it's great reviews. Was really disappointed. Thought it was written for a three year old, didn't really offer any thoughts to me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tero Ojanperä
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
Very well written and very usefull as a guided assistance for your new role as a leader. Also good as a dictionary along the road....
Published 2 months ago by Brian Tofft
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand and implement
I read this book within a few days and I am already starting to implement the FED model. The book deserves a 5 star rating because it gets straight to the point and is easy to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by conall bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective and easy to get!
Having completed an FED course a couple of years ago this book is a great tool to dip in and out of when you need it. Simple and effective leadership guidance. Would recommend.
Published 5 months ago by MR GARETH WATSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading
I liked this book, because it was well written, and easy to understand.
Good book for my management / leadership team to read.
Published 6 months ago by Martin Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book and easy to read
This book will give you some easy and understandable guidelines to be a better team mate and potential future leader.
Published 6 months ago by Ivan Docampo Esmoris
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