The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership / Edition 1

The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership / Edition 1

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by Steven B. Sample
     
 

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

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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

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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:
235,909
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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