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Rebel Leadership

How to Thrive in Uncertain Times

Published by Post Hill Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

We are two decades into this new century, and now live in a world more uncertain than certain. In this new “abnormal,” our ability to sustain far into the future, to realize our dreams and our potentialities, and to progress, depends on seeing leadership in a whole new way. Rebel leadership is that new way. 

There’s a growing pattern of not just individual leaders, but entire cultures rebelling against old and ineffectual ways that have long defined what it means to lead. At the heart of rebel leadership is the emergence of five patterns seen in leading organizations across sectors. Together, these patterns outline a framework for how to successfully meet this turbulent new century and thrive. Rebel Leadership will not only reveal these patterns, but will teach the reader how to tap into the power of this framework and make it their own. 

More precisely, Rebel Leadership will teach readers:
• What lies at the heart of success, no matter how much the environmental conditions might change
• How leadership is counterintuitively at its most powerful when it moves across individuals and cultures
• That, inevitably, there is only one truly sustainable competitive advantage in uncertain times
• Where leaders can find the best source for lowering risk in a changing world
• Why a long-term view has less to do with the long-term and far more to do with this moment than you’d ever imagine

“There are few skills as important as leadership—a skill we must constantly relearn, every one of us, now more than ever. This book is your guide and compass.” 
Kevin Guskiewicz, Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“There is no more timely or more important book for those who lead in these uncertain times. Uncertainty is our new normal, or as Robertson writes, our new abnormal—leaders either accept it or they perish. This brilliant, forward-thinking book, its vivid examples, and deep insights, will help you to not only survive uncertainty, but to thrive in it.”
Tom Koulopoulos, author, Revealing the Invisible and The Gen Z Effect

“We live in times of change and rapid adjustment. Many aspects of how we do things will require sensible and well-thought-through revisions. Our approach to leadership must change as well. The question is how. Larry Robertson’s newest book gives that question the needed time and attention it deserves. The result is at once insightful, revealing, and instructive. The lessons are relatable and powerful. The stories make you feel a part of them. And when you finish, you don’t just feel prepared to lead in a new way, you realize he’s already launched you on your journey. Read this book.” 
Milena Z. Fisher, Ph.D., President, Co-Founder, The Creativity Post

“Bob Marley was a Soul Rebel. Ruth Ginsburg was a Gender Rebel. In his new, must-read, book, Larry Robertson challenges us all to embrace ‘Rebel Leadership.’ In the post-Covid era, we’ll need to run toward new ideas about how to create lasting change, and as usual, Larry charts a course we can follow with daring and audacity.”
Robert Egger, Founding Board Member, World Central Kitchen

Rebel Leadership offers a refreshing approach to leading in an environment where we can no longer wait to ride out the waves of uncertainty. With a blend of surprising insights, actionable ideas, and vivid storytelling, it’s a must-read for leaders looking for new ways to navigate an ever-changing business landscape.”
Teri Evans, former Columnist Desk Editor, Inc. Magazine

“Whatever role you fill, whatever game you play, to be at your best, you’ve got to take a bigger view. Seeing beyond your own position, but also beyond the game itself, is so important—never more so than today. When that’s your habit, you see more options, make better decisions, and set yourself up to lead with excellence—no matter what role you play. In Rebel Leadership, Larry Robertson takes the meaning of all this to a whole new level. You’ll come away inspired and wiser for the read. It’s a book worthy of your time and attention, no matter what game you play.” 
Terry Malone, Football Coach, New Orleans Saints, Michigan Wolverines, Bowling Green Falcons

“Leadership isn’t a title needing to be filled. More than ever, it is a true responsibility, both individual and collective. The ripple effects of the choices we make matter as never before. Larry Robertson’s Rebel Leadership reflects this understanding, and opens our minds up to a new and necessary way to approach leadership. He sheds important light on why some organizations are thriving in this new and deeply unpredictable landscape, and offers important and rarified insights into the true sources of organizational power and adaptability. The book will change your view, but more importantly, it will increase your return on leadership.”
Janeen Gelbart, CEO, Co-founder, Indiggo/Return on Leadership®

“As change and uncertainty accelerate, today’s organizations risk being engulfed by chaos or denying reality. Rebel Leadership gives us the framework to actively engage and build a more adaptable and agile culture in which to thrive. With page-turning prose and compelling stories and examples, Rebel Leadership gives you a new, better, and more impactful view of leadership.”
Tripp Eldredge, President, CEO, DMR/Interactive

Larry Robertson is an innovation advisor who works, writes, and guides at the nexus of leadership, entrepreneurship, and creativity. A Fulbright Scholar, he’s also a popular columnist with such publications as Inc. Magazine, CEO World Magazine, Thrive Global, and SmartBrief, and the author of two previous award-winning books, The Language of Man and A Deliberate Pause.

“In this age of volatility and uncertainty, leadership adaptability has become ever more critical to personal and organizational success. Robertson writes about leading in the age of the ‘new abnormal’ in a clear and compelling way, giving readers an important tool for navigating and thriving far into the future. I will draw from this fine book in my business school classes.”

– Carter Cast, founding CEO, Walmart.com, Professor of Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Kellogg School of Management author, The Right (and Wrong) Stuff

“Nexus is defined as a 'series of connections linking important points.' This book is a nexus of intimate conversations with some of the most respected thought leaders of our time, diverse and powerful research, and pivotal insights and lessons-learned. A nexus is also ‘the central and most important place.’ Rebel Leadership takes you to that place. It is a much-needed life-raft for leaders of all ages and stages.”

– Sam Horn, Founder, CEO, the Intrigue Agency, bestselling author Got Your Attention?

“Larry Robertson is one of the best out there when it comes to exploring big topics from multiple angles. His intellectual curiosity leads him into diverse fields, out of which he pulls pearls of wisdom. In Rebel Leadership, the outcome is an original, thought-provoking book with new insights on an age-old topic: leadership.”

– Brad Stulberg, columnist, Outside Magazine author The Practice of Groundedness and Peak Performance

“Change is hard, yet inevitable—something we’re learning now as never before. What’s encouraging is to discover that even great change can be harnessed by any team—business, government, or otherwise—to achieve great impact. As few do, Larry Robertson teaches us how. His new book offers fascinating stories and studies, and assumption-shattering insights. And Robertson writes in a way that makes you feel you're sitting across the table from him—like having your own trusted advisor. Most of all, he inspires you to begin the journey from today's unpredictable to tomorrow's possible. This thought-provoking book is sure to become one of your most powerful tools for thriving in these uncertain times.”

– Leslie Reynolds, Executive Director, National Association of Secretaries of State