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The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership by Steven B. Sample

The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership

Part of the J-B Warren Bennis Series Series


The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership by Steven B. Sample

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.


An intoxicating read, a bushwacker's delight ...

About the Author

Steven B. Sample an electrical engineer, musician, outdoorsman, professor, and inventor-is the tenth president of the University of Southern California. Under Sample's leadership USC has become a world-renowned in the fields of communication and multimedia technologies, has received national recognition for its innovative community partnerships, and has solidified its status as one of the nation's leading research universities. USC was selected as College of the Year 2000 by TIME and the Princeton Review, was named a hot school by Newsweek/Kaplan Review, and has been widely acclaimed in recent years for the excellence of its highly selective undergraduate programs.

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Publication date

18th April 2003


Steven B. Sample

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Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S. an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Inc


224 pages


Management & management techniques



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