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Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change

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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, members of the LGBTQ community, and millenni
Paperback, 226 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Picador (first published April 24th 2018)
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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 Att ...more
Stacey Abrams learned not always to kick right at her goal. Watching her stand back and assess a situation can be a fearsome thing. You know she is going to do something oh-so-effective and she is going to use her team to get there, those who mentored her and those she mentored herself. I just love that teamwork.

This memoir is unlike any other presidential-hopeful memoir out there. Abrams has not declared herself for the 2020 race, but running for president is on her to-do list. I read the libr
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Disclaimer: I am a supporter of Stacey Abrams and am honored that I will be able to cast my vote for her (again!) in November. But my political views have nothing to do with my perceptions about this book. I honestly was expecting this to be the traditional celebrity memoir that talks about their life from start to present moment, clearing up misconceptions, and making the reader feel closer or more familiar with them. This book was all and none of that - it read more like a really, r ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this not because I wanted the advice, but because I wanted to get to know Stacey Abrams better as she's running for Governor of my state. So I think I will vote for her. She seems smart and ambitious (in a good way) and hardworking. The one fatal flaw of this book is that she cites to that BS Harriet Tubman quote about how she would have freed more slaves but for their mindset. The same one Kanye West recently cited to say that slavery was a choice. Abrams does not say that, but she shoul ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was not expecting this book to be good. I picked it up because I voted for Abrams. Then she lost to that shameful cheat who rigged the election (no seriously - google it. Georgia should hang its head in shame until they fix the crazy loophole that allows someone to run in an election while also supervising it). So I wanted to read more about what she was about and hopefully help her win a Senate seat or vice president role?

This book is amazing. I read Michelle Obama's book earlier, and this i
as i write this review, stacey abrams has recently announced that she is ending her race for governor of georgia and that brian kemp will become governor. for the past six months i've worked on stacey abrams' campaign as an intern, and it was an incredible experience.

this book was deeply insightful, encouraging, and less of a memoir and more of a self-improvement book. it even has worksheets and exercises you can fill out at the end of each chapter. it was also written as eloquently as i expecte
February 20, 2021

Politicians make lousy writers: the innocuous platitudes of motivational speakers made more vacuous by a reluctance to say anything that might ever be controversial. If you're a good writer without anything in particular to say you become a lawyer, which appears to be advanced training in not saying much. Not always, of course, some great writers become lawyers in order to make a reasonable income or to improve the world

Abrams has already accomplished more than most and she's do
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No rating because this book was not written for me. I enjoyed it but I can't apply most of the tips in this book because it is VERY american. It's not a bad thing but it can't be transferred to a European context. The book is not about the life of Stacey Abrams (as I thought) it's a collection of tips for members of minorities who want to become leaders. She uses examples from her life and other people's lives but it's not in chronological order and not really in depth of the situation. The life ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, as a retired, upper-middle-class, Anglo, straight, non-disabled, Christian, white male I am definitely not a member of this book's intended audience. But as someone who cares deeply about all people and who especially wants to understand and, if possible, help those within the human community who are different from me — including those who experience a different set of social problems than I do — I have read numerous books about and by minorities. Georgia state lawmaker Stacey Abrams' book ...more
T. Rose
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I, too, grew up in Gulfport and I found Ms. Adams's book to be accurate as well as inspirational. The book is very well written. I am the daughter of a Harrison County educator. Stacey Abrams is a gifted writer. I want to read her other books for sure. I follow her political career closely. Very informative book on leadership! Everyone should read it! ...more
I didn’t know much about Stacy Abrams, just that she ran for GA governor, lost and was a romance author. I did like what little I knew about her, so when this book showed up on my library’s website I grabbed it. I liked how Stacy laid things out, it made them seem easy, but the biggest thing I took from this was you have to try, it starts there. If you don’t try or ask nothing will happen, but if you try or ask the worst that happens is a no. You will find many obstacles in your life, but you sh ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
This book has a lot of great advice for how to thrive in the work place and life in general when you're a woman and/or a minority. ...more
Hannah Givens
I have mixed feelings about this book. Firstly, Abrams is an extremely impressive person, and I'm glad to know more about a politician I have supported and will continue to support.

The content itself is what I have mixed feelings about. On one hand, this book would be useful and inspirational for anyone who wants to follow in her footsteps, either in politics or in business. I especially appreciated that she addressed the mentorship problem -- everyone says minorities need mentors to be able to
Ericka Clou
This is really good. Much like Stacey Abrams is a jack-of-all-trades this book cannot be fit into one neat category: it's part political memoir, of course, part self-help business book, part antiracism book, part you-should-just-read-it-okay? As I learned more and more about Abrams I was reminded of Benjamin Franklin. She's a renaissance woman! We're too often discouraged from this wide approach to knowledge and career to the detriment of current society, I think.

As much as I like this book, I
Maggie Hess
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Stacey Abrams is absolutely a force to be reckoned with. I strive to be as brave and charismatic as she is. She is the personification of doing anything you put your mind to. This book found me at the right time. I was feeling nervous about making a change and feeling stuck. Her rhetoric on empowering yourself by pushing yourself into uncomfortable positions has put me into a completely different mindset. Stacey Abrams for president 2028!!!!
This is an impressive woman, who had walked a long way in her own shoes and has tried on the shoes of others as well. All while making her way in a world that throws obstacles in her path. Doesn’t hold her back. She’s moving on, and oh by the way, she’s written this book in which she has some tips and tricks. A great read.
Leanna Pohevitz
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I believe Stacey Abrams is exactly the type of leadership out country needs to continue to move forward. I appreciate that she speaks to women and minorities about how they are welcome in all leadership roles they just also have to believe and admit that they belong there. I will be using her website and digging into my own self-confidence and intentions.

Her book encouraged me to pitch a priorities workshop for my fellow scholarship recipients in Fulbright. Though I
Stacey Abrams writes with fluidity and clarity about the difficulties of leadership in the shoes of a black woman. "Minority Leader" is like a manual for successfully navigating a leadership role as a woman, person of color, as a member of the LBGTQ+ community or any other minority group. I don't really know much about Abrams, but I came away feeling the utmost respect for her with everything she had done in her life. The thing I sense and I like most about her is that she's unapologetic about w ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoy memoirs that are candid and thoughtful. Stacey Abrams has written one that fits the bill. Not only does she speak about her lived experience as a minority leader, she provides tools to others. She is adding to the collective knowledge for those who may not be formally taught how to succeed in this white hetero-patriarchal society. A must read for anyone who dreams of dreaming big, but is unsure if they should...
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend this book! So many gems, some I was able to use real time as I navigated the wealth of info pack in the small book! Stacey Abrams is truly brilliant and I know this will be a re-read for me! The transparency is greatly appreciated!
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The advice in this book is amazing!! Took so many notes. This is a must read for those go getters hoping to make the most out of their careers.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book, but in particular, people from non-traditional backgrounds (ie not rich/white/cis man) who are interested in leadership. So much good advice.
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-harder-2019
There is some really good practical advice in this book, but I most enjoyed the more autobiographical parts are hearing about her journey.

Read for the Read Harder Challenge #17: A business book.
Marlys Weaver-Stoesz
Can she be our next vice president? If she wants it, then, yes, please.
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I wish Ms. Abrams the best of luck in her future political endeavors--hopefully Governor of Georgia.
Sabine Staub
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I started this book I expected a memoir, inspiring and interesting. As I read through it I found it to be much more akin to an inspiring goal oriented workbook.

I’ve read more than my share of books that purport to guide a person through the process of identifying and achieving their goals. This book does the best job I’ve seen of providing helpful concrete tips coupled with worksheets and prompts that put the tips into practice.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Senator Abrams calls this book “part memoir, part advice, and part alchemy.” She’s the coolest politician-alchemist I can think of: business owner, entrepreneur, lawyer, State Senate minority leader, annnnnd romance novelist. (Name: Selena Montgomery.)

This book comes across as honest and appropriately confident advice for anybody seeking a leadership position while facing adversity. For those that don’t face the specific race, class, or gender barriers that Senator Abrams faces, there’s much to
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All young(er/ish) people should read this, though I think people in marginalized groups are the intended demographic. Abrams addresses a host of topics I wish I had thought about when I was younger, especially in the practical ways she suggests. Abrams specifically speaks to higher education (& how to pay for it), choosing/defining mentors, making/managing money, and how to think about and enact leadership in places where one might not traditionally be seen as a leader. This new edition of the b ...more
I didn't read this book because I'm seeking leadership roles or public office. Rather, I read it because my current position requires much more management and leadership than I'm used to. I needed some help, and Stacey Abrams provided it. She's a proven leader who gives advice that can be applied to any setting. I took extensive notes as I read so I can have her advice handy when I need it.

I am not a minority. This book gave me some insights into challenges that people of color face in the workp
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So many gems....full review coming soon.
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Stacey Abrams is an American politician, lawyer, author, and businesswoman who was the house minority leader for the Georgia General Assembly and state representative for the 89th House District. She is a Democrat. Abrams is a candidate in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election.

If elected, Abrams will be Georgia's first female governor and the first black female governor in the United States.


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