“Rebel Leadership: How to Thrive in Uncertain Times” by Larry Robertson

Rebel Leadership: How to Thrive in Uncertain Times

Larry Robertson
Post Hill Press (2021)
ISBN 9781642936896
Reviewed by Jill Rey for Reader Views (9/2021)

A leader in my own organization once pointed out that the rate of change has never moved this quickly in all of history, and yet it will never move this slowly again. “Rebel Leadership” not only supports this statement, as we currently find ourselves in a rapidly evolving world but addresses the ever-increasing complexities leaders are facing as the world and business environment brings more and more uncertainty with each passing day. 

If 2020 taught us anything, it is that uncertainty is all around us. It is not a stretch to say with certainty that no single organization had “global pandemic” as the answer to the question regarding what would bring them the most challenge prior to 2020, or the stereotypical question about what they saw themselves facing in the next five years. And yet look at the leaders that successfully navigated organizations through it, those that quickly and readily acted, rebelled against the norms at that point in time and shifted to unprecedented remote workforces or curbside pickups.

“Rebel Leadership” is all about the new abnormal, encompassing interviews of renowned leaders like Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and leadership researchers such as Peter Drucker, among many others. Broken into five key pillars of leadership, including soul, moves, culture, source of power and long-term views, author Larry Robertson walks readers through the importance of leading like a rebel in the ever-shifting business landscape. No industry is off limits as we traverse Walmart, the University of North Carolina, Microsoft and many more in the engaging, informative, and ever relevant interviews and research housed within.

Not just a book for those in formal leadership positions, Robertson targets individual contributors as well as executive leaders as he explains and examines the swiftly changing environment. Briefly tackling everything from environmental change and the need for corporate social responsibility to the challenges individuals faced during sweeping institutional changes, “Rebel Leadership” really offered readers an opportunity to hear from all different types of individuals facing all different facets of uncertainty. 

Well researched, referenced and compiled, Roberson has put in the work to provide a unique addition to the plethora of leadership literature. Using strong voices and recognizable figureheads, “Rebel Leadership” comes at the perfect time, post 2020.  

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