The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership

  • by Steven B. Sample
  • Narrated by John H. Mayer
  • 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this offbeat approach to leadership, college president Steven B. Sample - the man who turned the University of Southern California into one of the most respected and highly rated universities in the country - challenges many conventional teachings on the subject.
Here, Sample outlines an iconoclastic style of leadership that flies in the face of current leadership thought, but a style that unquestionably works, nevertheless. Sample urges leaders and aspiring leaders to focus on some key counterintuitive truths. He offers his own down-to-earth, homespun, and often provocative advice on some complex and thoughtful issues. And he provides many practical, if controversial, tactics for successful leadership, suggesting, among other things, that leaders should sometimes compromise their principles, not read everything that comes across their desks, and always put off decisions.

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What the Critics Say

"It is a cracking good read that fairly zips along and makes you think differently about leadership.... A smashing inspirational read." (Personnel Today)

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Customer Reviews

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awesome except last chapter

great book... I will reread this and use it for leadership management discussions at work. my #1 complaint is the shameless plug for USC in the final chapter. I would skip that chapter. otherwise, I loved this book. one of the best leadership books I have read in a while.
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- BLN

Good Content, Not thrilled with author or writing style

I like the core principles of the book but at times Sample gets so carried away with his accomplishments at USC that it distracts from the content. I am all for establishing credibility as a leader but there are a few distinct sections of the book that I feel he made 10x longer than they needed to be for the purposes of touting his personal successes.
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- Dave

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-10-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios