2. Steven B. Sample is about as far from Candice Carpenter as one can imagine — which just goes to show you that there’s more than one way to be a leader. In The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2001), Sample, president of the University of Southern California and the man widely credited with turning USC into a world-class learning institution, offers his unique brand of unconventional wisdom.
3. Heard enough about intellectual property and the art and science of leadership? Why not take a journey into the nature of the human animal itself. In Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices (Jossey-Bass, 2001), Harvard Business School professors Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria “synthesize 200 years of thought along with the latest research drawn from the biological and social sciences to propose a new theory, a unified synthesis of human nature.” And you thought iVillage’s business plan was ambitious!