Are you a leader? The Plain and Simple Principles of Leadership

Despite your job title or role, you have probably been in a situation that you needed to lead other people towards a common goal.

Leadership skills are no longer reserved by those who manage projects or supervise a large team of people.

They are expected to be demonstrated by young candidates entering the job market for the first time, employees at a variety of levels of seniority and educators stimulating change in the society.

Are you a leader?

Steve Radcliffe – one of the most successful leadership coaches, says that leadership does not come from title or position but it rather from “being up to something”.

Steve in his book “Leadership plain and simple” introduced FED (Future – Engage – Deliver) as essential components of effective leadership.


It does not matter if you have just entered the job market, you are at your first job a or you have a team or department to run. If you want to lead and showcase your leadership skills, here is how.


Wood cubes with word Future on an Old Map

We often say that good leaders have a mission – and we are right.

If you want to lead, you need to

  • See the Future you want to achieve and that Future needs to excite you
  • Be able to step back and see the bigger picture
  • Spend time talking about your Future
  • Have a clear picture of who you want to be as a leader

Leaders who are in touch with a Future that matters to them allow it to guide what they think and how they act every day – Steven Radcliffe


super hero businessman holding suitcase and flying through the clouds

It is great if you  have an amazing vision of the future but now you need engage others with it. Engaging other people is fundamentally different to just communicating or telling other people about it.

Engaging other people happens via our relationship with them so the relationships need to be big enough for people to follow us.

Depending on your relationships with people, you will encounter different levels of engagement:

  • Resistance – people do not want what you want
  • Apathy – people do not care about what you want
  • Grudging compliance – people doing it because they have to
  • Willing compliance – they are on it but with no burning enthusiasm
  • Enrolled – they choose to join you and they bring their skills, creativity and ideas
  • Committed – they are truly in and their bring own emotional energy into it

Your first and foremost job as a leader is to manage your own energy and help manage the energy of those around you. – Peter Drucker


Businesspeople works together for a new creative idea

To deliver your Future, you deliver via others. You help them to deliver by developing them as leaders not just a good quality followers.

In the Leader mode, your first thought is not “what shall I do” It is who do I want to engage and what is the request I want to make of them”.

Why do some companies succeed while others fail? Winning companies win because they have good leaders who nurture the development of other leaders at all levels of the organisation. Noel Tichy

The goal of the leader is to be at your best.