thoughts/ideas/opinions from scott hodge

Tuesday, January 4

The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership

I'm finally digging into The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership by Steven Sample. It's a book that everyone and their mother was raving about two summers ago. So far it's very good. Here's a few quotes:

" of the most important and contrarian points we can make about leadership is that it is highly situational and contingent; the leader who succeeds in one context at one point in time won't necessarily succeed in a different context at the same time, or in the same context at a different time."

"A truly effective leader... needs to be able to see the shades of gray inherent in a situation in order to make wise decisions as to how to proceed."

"The essence of thinking gray is this: don't form an opinion about an important matter until you've head all the relevant facts and arguments, or until circumstances force you to form an opinion without recourse to all the facts..."