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Minority Leader

Minority Leader

How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change

Stacey Abrams

Henry Holt and Co.

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A personal and empowering blueprintfrom one of America’s rising Democratic starsfor outsiders who seek to become the ones in charge

Leadership is hard. Convincing others—and often yourself—that you possess the answers and are capable of world-affecting change requires confidence, insight, and sheer bravado. Minority Leader is the handbook for outsiders, written with the awareness of the experiences and challenges that hinder anyone who exists beyond the structure of traditional white male power—women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make a difference.

In Minority Leader, Stacey argues that knowing your own passion is the key to success, regardless of the scale or target. From launching a company, to starting a day care center for homeless teen moms, to running a successful political campaign, finding what you want to fight for is as critical as knowing how to turn thought into action. Stacey uses her experience and hard-won insights to break down how ambition, fear, money, and failure function in leadership, while offering personal stories that illuminate practical strategies.

Stacey includes exercises to help you hone your skills and realize your aspirations. She discusses candidly what she has learned over the course of her impressive career: that differences in race, gender, and class are surmountable. With direction and dedication, being in the minority actually provides unique and vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the… More…

A personal and empowering blueprintfrom one of America’s rising Democratic starsfor outsiders who seek to become the ones in charge

Leadership is hard. Convincing others—and often yourself—that you possess the answers and are capable of world-affecting change requires confidence, insight, and sheer bravado. Minority Leader is the handbook for outsiders, written with the awareness of the experiences and challenges that hinder anyone who exists beyond the structure of traditional white male power—women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make a difference.

In Minority Leader, Stacey argues that knowing your own passion is the key to success, regardless of the scale or target. From launching a company, to starting a day care center for homeless teen moms, to running a successful political campaign, finding what you want to fight for is as critical as knowing how to turn thought into action. Stacey uses her experience and hard-won insights to break down how ambition, fear, money, and failure function in leadership, while offering personal stories that illuminate practical strategies.

Stacey includes exercises to help you hone your skills and realize your aspirations. She discusses candidly what she has learned over the course of her impressive career: that differences in race, gender, and class are surmountable. With direction and dedication, being in the minority actually provides unique and vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the top and make real change.

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Praise for Minority Leader

PRAISE FOR MINORITY LEADER
“MINORITY LEADER is a special book with a special mission: to push ALL people to know that their greatness and worthiness is a birthright. Stacey’s story is not just uplifting, but instructional as well. I am part of a long line of people who have admired Stacey for a long time. Read this book, and you will understand why.”
—Wes Moore, bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore and The Work, CEO, Robin Hood

“Stacey Abrams displays competence, confidence, and compassion in her assessment of the attributes and actions needed to deliver impact in today’s complicated world. Her commentary is as real as her commitment is remarkable. MINORITY LEADER is both a motivational and a mechanical manual, offering an intense focus on opportunities and an unyielding path to mitigate obstacles. I enthusiastically commend this book as a resource for those who want to grow personally and professionally, as well as for those who seek to help guide that same growth.”
—Lisa M. Borders, WNBA President

"House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly who’s now running for Georgia governor, Abrams won national acclaim for helping register voters of color in her state and getting business to recruit, train, and hire young people of color. Here, she shows readers from any marginalized population how to become their own advocates, proactively using their otherness while recognizing their fears. Not just lo… More…






PRAISE FOR MINORITY LEADER
“MINORITY LEADER is a special book with a special mission: to push ALL people to know that their greatness and worthiness is a birthright. Stacey’s story is not just uplifting, but instructional as well. I am part of a long line of people who have admired Stacey for a long time. Read this book, and you will understand why.”
—Wes Moore, bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore and The Work, CEO, Robin Hood

“Stacey Abrams displays competence, confidence, and compassion in her assessment of the attributes and actions needed to deliver impact in today’s complicated world. Her commentary is as real as her commitment is remarkable. MINORITY LEADER is both a motivational and a mechanical manual, offering an intense focus on opportunities and an unyielding path to mitigate obstacles. I enthusiastically commend this book as a resource for those who want to grow personally and professionally, as well as for those who seek to help guide that same growth.”
—Lisa M. Borders, WNBA President

"House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly who’s now running for Georgia governor, Abrams won national acclaim for helping register voters of color in her state and getting business to recruit, train, and hire young people of color. Here, she shows readers from any marginalized population how to become their own advocates, proactively using their otherness while recognizing their fears. Not just local appeal; there are audiences other there that could really, really benefit from this book." Library Journal

PRAISE FOR STACEY ABRAMS
“Stacey Abrams is a deeply compassionate and thoughtful leader who is always committed to fighting for justice for the Georgians she serves...Throughout her career, I have watched her work tirelessly to build coalitions to protect the poor and middle class, fight voter suppression, and register hundreds of thousands of people to vote. Stacey Abrams is the only leader in the race who has the experience and an ambitious vision to uplift all families in our state. Georgia must seize the opportunity to be a model for our nation by electing this transformative leader, who strives to empower the people she will serve.” —Congressman John Lewis

“Leaders like Stacey are the ones saying yes. America is changing, but there is no reason to fear the future.” —Jason Kander, former Missouri Secretary of State and President of Let America Vote

“She knows firsthand how opportunity is too often tied to a person’s race, gender and zip code.” —Kate Brown, Governor of Oregon

“She has a real mixture both of ideas, of really good guts, and of the ability to raise the funds necessary to execute the ideas…She’s really been able to harness her brains and her heart and her past experience in a way that gives people hope in Georgia,” —Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of Michigan

“In so many ways, the system wasn’t designed to be led by someone who looks like her,” —Jessica Byrd, Three Point Strategies

“Struggle is struggle. There is no rural or urban way to be poor—poor is poor. The key is to make sure everybody, no matter where they hail from, feels welcome. Leader Abrams will do that.” —Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator

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Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams has won national recognition for her work to register voters of color in Georgia and build Democratic power in the state, as well as her programs to recruit, train, and hire young people of color. Endorsed by EMILY’s List and civil rights legend Congressman John Lewis. Stacey Abrams is the 2012 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, and has been hailed by The New York Times as one of its “14 Young Democrats to Watch.” Abrams also spoke at the 2016 DNC.

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Courtesy of Stacey Abrams

Meet the Author

April 25-26, 2018

Meet 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams as she reads from her debut memoir Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change.

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