Lead from the Outside

How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change
Narrated by: Stacey Abrams
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
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This program was previously published as Minority Leader. This updated edition includes a new preface written and read by Stacey Abrams.

"Abrams's own grit, coupled with her descriptions of much stumbling and self-doubt, will make [Lead from the Outside] touch you in a way few books by politicians can." (The New York Times

National leader Stacey Abrams has written the guide to harnessing the strengths of being an outsider and succeeding anyway. 

Leadership is hard. Convincing others - and yourself - that you are capable of taking charge and achieving more requires insight and courage. Lead from the Outside is the handbook for outsiders, written with an eye toward the challenges that hinder women, people of color, the working class, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make change. 

Stacey uses her hard-won insights to break down how ambition, fear, money, and failure function in leadership, and she includes practical exercises to help you realize your own ambition and hone your skills. Lead from the Outside discusses candidly what Stacey has learned over the course of her impressive career in politics, business, and the nonprofit world: that differences in race, gender, and class provide vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the top and create real and lasting change.

©2018, 2019 Stacey Abrams (P)2018, 2019 Macmillan Audio

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Sound advice for aspiring minority leaders

Would you consider the audio edition of Minority Leader to be better than the print version?

Yes and no. I like the versatility of the audio version but I also purchased the Kindle version to have ready access to attachments and worksheets.

What did you like best about this story?

The determination of Stacey Abrams to overcome daunting obstacles and challenges was inspirational.

Which character – as performed by Stacey Abrams – was your favorite?

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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - I completed it in 24 hours.

Any additional comments?

The author not only offerers sound advice on avenues and choices that an aspiring minority leader can take to fulfill a set of ambitions but it is a wonderful glimpse at the tenacity and determination that underpins her success. She reveals numerous career challenges experienced in her varied leadership roles and imparts valuable wisdom that serves as an inspiration to young and old alike. “Stacey’s Ambition Spreadsheet” is evidence of how others can benefit from that wisdom.

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Uplifting

This book is primarily a statement of policy and philosophy and less of a memoir. I was impressed how highly educated Stacey Abrams is. She went to Spelman College and obtained a law degree from Yale University. She was a Harry S. Truman Scholar studying public policy at the University of Texas at Austen’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and earned a Master Degree in Public Policy in 1998. In 2012 she was the recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award. I noted she also worked as a City Attorney as did Kamala Harris. This job allows for good experience in the workings of government. Sorry for spending time on her education, but I feel it is very important for politicians be educated in the workings of government.

The book is well written and Abrams gets right to her point and does not wander from her point. I recently became aware of Stacey Abrams when she ran for Governor of Georgia in 2018. I hope she runs again for Governor. I think the recent problems with the Federal government emphasize the need to elect politicians with experience in working their way up from local politics to State and then Federal positions to fully understand the working of government. A good education in various public or foreign affairs fields along with a law degree is also beneficial. I enjoyed the book and the helpful guidelines to help one achieve their goals. Abrams main point of the book was to encourage woman and other minorities to run for office and to attempt to rise higher than they think they can go.

The book is seven hours long. Abrams does a good job narrating her own book.

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Amazingly Honest!!!

What made the experience of listening to Minority Leader the most enjoyable?

The author/reader spoke clearly and also added the right amount of vocal cues that made the story a bit more exciting!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Minority Leader?

The part where Ms. Abrams mentioned the story of "cross-over day" at the state house and the Dems out smarted the Reps! And the republican members of the house boosted that the Dems weren't organized enough to out wit hit caucus! #PurePoliticalComedy

What about Stacey Abrams’s performance did you like?

I believe she's a great story teller, very descriptive but never mundane or to professorial! Her tone and delivery!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I didn't intend to finish this book within 2days. I thought it would be a bit slower but I was drown into the authors world and I needed to hear more.

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Great book! Her stories of tragedy and triumph keep me intrigued and excited to know more about the people and situations she spoke of! NYT Bestseller in my opinion!!!!!!

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Inspiring!

Excellent! Inspiring story with practical advice. Another amazing graduate of a Women's College. Read it!

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Outstanding!

Thank you for reaching back and sharing your tools for success. Thank you for broaden our view of the possible and not relegating ourselves to the norm or settling for less. Thank you for hope. Giving us the right to believe our dreams are possible and we can accomplish our secret dreams and desires. I’m in preparation for my “second calling” that passioned activity that brings joy for the journey more than the focus of money to survive. When I retire in a few years I plan to have my masters and a doctorate which will enable me to teach! Your book has given me the playbook needed to win! Thank you!

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Definine Genuine Leadership

Every chapter has something unique we all can learn from and More so relate. A master piece from someone who won, but robbed of an election for Governorship in Georgia, USA.

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Inspiring & Empowering

An inspiring and empowering book. She gave sound of advice on how to map and change your life. The advice is practical and can be applied to any career path.

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Wisdom Shared

I wish I'd had a book like this when I was younger. I never set out to forge a career so like Ms. Abrams it was learn as you go. It's so generous of her to share her wisdom with those following her.

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Transparent, Biographical, Leadership Guide

Stacey Abrams is an accomplished attorney, legislator, entrepreneur with great insight and leadership lessons for all. If Georgians are smart, she will be their next governor.

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Good (not great) read

Provides excellent insight into the heart and mind of Ms. Abrams. As a book on leadership I found it okay

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