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.
Steven B. Sample--an electrical engineer, musician, outdoorsman, professor, and inventor-is the tenth president of theUniversity of Southern California. Under Sample's leadership USChas become a world-renowned in the fields of communication andmultimedia technologies, has received national recognition for itsinnovative community partnerships, and has solidified its status asone of the nation's leading research universities. USC was selectedas College of the Year 2000 by TIME and the PrincetonReview, was named a "hot school" by Newsweek/Kaplan Review, andhas been widely acclaimed in recent years for the excellence of itshighly selective undergraduate programs.
Foreword, Warren Bennis. Acknowledgments. About the Author. Introduction. 1. Thinking Gray, and Free. 2. Artful Listening. 3. Experts: Saviors and Charlatans. 4. You Are What You Read. 5. Decisions, Decisions. 6. Give the Devil His Due. 7. Know Which Hill You're Willing to Die On. 8. Work for Those Who Work for You. 9. Follow the Leader. 10. Being President Versus Doing President. 11. The University of Southern California: A Case Study in Contrarian Leadership. Conclusion.