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Leadership: Plain and Simple

Leadership: Plain and Simple

Steve Radcliffe

Nov 2009, Paperback, 184 pages
ISBN13: 9780273730897
ISBN10: 0273730894
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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.


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.



A very big 'Thank You'

1 Future-Engage-Deliver

2 How to turbo-charge your growth


4 Future-Engage-Deliver

5 Future-Engage-Deliver

6 The Four Energies

7 Be at Your Best, More of the Time

8 Future-Engage-Deliver and Teams

9 Conclusion

And another 'Thank You' (list of references)


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.