A SIMPLE Formula for Successful Leadership

A SIMPLE formula for Successful Leadership

Successful leadership demands certain qualities in the leader. While one can certainly think of several such qualities, a simple formula could also bring out an effective leader.
The SIMPLE formula that is mentioned here is an acronym, each of the letter symbolizing a vital quality. SIMPLE stands for self-awareness, influence, motivation, practicing what is preached, leveraging on the strength one has and empowering those working with you. This formula is explained below.

S – self awareness. A leader has to fully understand himself, his capabilities, strengths and weaknesses, and try to build on his strengths through which he could make himself acceptable easily. According to Bob Woodcock, ‘self awareness is the foundation for achieving higher levels of performance’. It is important to know both your strengths and weaknesses – the latter more importantly, since this makes you know your limitations within which only you can exercise your power, as a leader.

I – Influence. I’n the words of John Maxwell, ‘leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less’. How you are able to influence others, particularly your subordinates I’n their actions would tell a lot about your abilities to lead. As someone said, ‘the greatest influence emerges when a leader establishes his credibility, with others. So, to earn people’s respect and trust, leaders need to demoderate their character, competence and influence’.

M – motivation. Every one needs to be driven, driven to do something, to achieve something, to excel in his/her job. So motivation will play a significant role. How you are able to motivate your staff, through your own actions and examples is something very important to achieve leadership success. After all, any action to move in the right direction needs a kind of ‘push’, which is the motivating factor. Constant engaging with employees through a person- to- person conversation can achieve great results.

P – Practice what you preach: However eloquently a leader talks, there is no substitute for action. Leaders are mainly judged by their actions and not by words alone. A leader should set examples by following what he preaches which alone will inspire confidence I’n his followers. The leader should attempt to create a role model for those who work with him.

L – leveraging your strength. Leveraging your strength Is another important quality. By this, it is meant , as Bob Woodcock says, that you take stock of your strengths through which you would have succeeded on various occasions. Once having identified these strengths, it is necessary to bring to fore these very strengths in your future actions. Think of the specific actions you took to achieve great results on earlier occasions. Draw upon these experiences to guide you in future.

E – Empowerment. While employees should be engaged meaningfully, their empowerment is also equally important. What does empowerment mean? Employees need power. Put power in their hands – the power to think, the power to think freely, act as per their instincts, power to decide, and last, but not the least important,power to commit mistakes and to learn from them. Learning from mistakes Is indeed a great learning process.

The above SIMPLE formula, if adhered to constantly, could transform you into an
effective leader, I’n the simplest way possible.


About cvsubramaniam

Former Director, Department of Electronics & Informatiin Technology, Government of India.. Authored Book on Human Resource Management. Published 80 plus articles on HR, Management, S&T, general topics.
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