• The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership

  • By: Steven B. Sample
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-10-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (89 ratings)

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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.
©2003 Steven B. Sample (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 02-10-18

I loved the book from reading it.

Listening helped me finish it ,and I will listen again. They said a review required at least 15 words. hehe

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5 out of 5 stars
By BLN on 05-13-16

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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