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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 othersand yourselfthat 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
Paperback, 256 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 Austens 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 ...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
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, ...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 ...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
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
I didnt 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 librarys 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 dont 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 ...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!
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.
Jennifer Mangler
Reading this inspired a lot of interesting reflection.
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
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 ...more
Aly Lew
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.
Ericka Clouther
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.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Senator Abrams calls this book part memoir, part advice, and part alchemy. Shes 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 dont face the specific race, class, or gender barriers that Senator Abrams faces, theres much to learn
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 ...more
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
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So many gems....full review coming soon.
Alex Leggett
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stacey writes with insights and experiences that apply to all minority groups and her advice, while similar to plenty of other self help books, is based on her personal experiences being a person of color and a woman in male-dominated environments. I am a white woman and found her business advice to be applicable and useful for me. Stacey ends her book discussing how to be a good ally, which was inspirational and so timely given the world events happening now. Great read.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoughtful book

Since I am living the reality of .the book, I didnt find many new insights,.but I do appreciate the organized and thoughtful look at the topic. The book has inspired me to keep up the good fight, give to Ms. Abrams campaign, and to read her romance novels.
Kaytee Cobb
Excellent and empowering. Definitely worth grabbing the paper copy or the PDF though so you can answer the questions.
This is one of the best self-help type memoirs I've read! Though to be fair, I haven't read all that many! LOL Seriously, this was very well-written and organized and I have quite a few takeaways from it. Highly recommended. Though I didn't thoroughly complete them all, she does include some 'exercises'/'activities' to help you internalize the concepts and strategies. I admire this woman immensely!
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book written by an inspiring leader that seeks to inspire others to identify their inner strengths and use them on their own journey to become leaders. I liked her examples and the workbook exercises at the end of each chapter are useful. I hope to see Stacey Abrams in positions of power in the future...she has accomplished so much!
Cody McCoy
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Theres a reason this book has such high ratings!!! There is a reason Stacey Abrams is wildly beloved! She is a genius. And she sure knows how to convey information successfully through the written word, which is unsurprisingly given her successful career as a novelist. I feel deeply impacted and inspired by this. Here are some of the many valuable elements of the book:

1) She describes, with utter candor, her trajectory towards finding and nurturing her own ambition. She DIRECTLY and TANGIBLY
Donna Hines
Insightful! Relevant! Persistent!
What more can one say other than focus! Focus on what you want and find a way to get it done.
Rid self of excuses and dig deep from within as the circumstances don't matter the drive to succeed is what you'll need to get there.
It was full of useful information with a personal touch of her own hardships and circumstances to get to the TOP.
It was written in a style that was easy and quick with a light airy feel.
The relatable factors for me involved the public
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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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