The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership / Edition 1

The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership / Edition 1

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by Steven B. Sample
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0787967076

ISBN-13: 9780787967079

Pub. Date: 04/04/2003

Publisher: Wiley

In this provocative new book, Steven Sample, one of the nation's most highly regarded university presidents, explodes many romanticized views of leadership and demonstrates how leaders can free themselves from the shackles of conventional wisdom.

  • Never make a decision today that can reasonably be put off to tomorrow.
  • Don't form opinions if you don't

Overview

In this provocative new book, Steven Sample, one of the nation's most highly regarded university presidents, explodes many romanticized views of leadership and demonstrates how leaders can free themselves from the shackles of conventional wisdom.

  • Never make a decision today that can reasonably be put off to tomorrow.
  • Don't form opinions if you don't have to. Think gray.
  • Shoot your own horse. Don't force others to do your dirty work.
  • The best leaders don't keep up with the popular media and the trades.
  • Machiavelli can help make you a more moral leader.
  • Know what hill you are willing to die on-and keep its exact location to yourself.
  • Know the all important difference between being leader and doing leader.
  • You can't copy your way to the top.

"This is an intoxicating read, a bushwacker's delight. With swift, sure strokes, Steve Sample cuts down a lot of bad ideas about leadership and opens up a new path for the next generation to follow. No wonder he has turned around not one but two major universities."
David Gergen, noted commentator, bestselling author, and adviser to four United States Presidents

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787967079
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/04/2003
Series:
J-B Warren Bennis Series, #14
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
205,272
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction ..... 1
1: Thinking Gray, and Free ..... 7
2: Artful Listening ..... 21
3: Experts: Saviors and Charlatans ..... 37
4: You Are What You Read ..... 55
5: Decisions, Decisions ..... 71
6: Give the Devil His Due ..... 91
7: Know Which Hill You're Willing to Die On ..... 107
8: Work for Those Who Work for You ..... 121
9: Follow the Leader ..... 141
10: Being President Versus Doing President ..... 159
11: The University of Southern California: A Case Study in Contrarian Leadership ..... 171
Conclusion ..... 189

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The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leading a group of academics can be like trying to herd cats. Given that ¿ since Steven B. Sample succeeded as president of a major university ¿ you would expect that he acquired some expertise on leadership, if only as a matter of survival. Sample borrows from an array of classical thinkers, from Shakespeare to Machiavelli to Lincoln, to advance his proposition that the most important attribute for any leader is the ability to think independently. He says that leadership demands suspending judgment, listening passionately to those with conflicting opinions and seeing all the shades of gray that exist between black and white alternatives. If his somewhat academic perspective doesn't always apply directly to the business world, it certainly supplies this book with intelligence and insight at every turn. We strongly recommend this guidebook to those who take these rare human attributes seriously.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While Bennis has already left his stamp on the world of management, his colleague Steve Sample now offers an important complement to Bennis' message. As Bennis says in the foreword, Sample is more given to asking tough questions than offering easy answers.