I didn’t know Stacey Abrams until the presidential race in the United States of America between the current POTUS, Joe Biden, and the former POTUS, Donald Trump.

This is part memoir, part self-help for disadvantaged minorities, and part how-to guide.

Stacey Abrams, is a politician, activist, and former Georgia House of Representatives Minority Leader.

The book provides a unique perspective on leadership and advocacy, drawing from Abrams’ personal experiences as a woman of colour in politics and her successful efforts to promote voter rights and fair elections.

One of the main themes of the book is the importance of leading from the outside, which refers to using one’s position and resources to make a difference, even if one is not in a position of formal power.

Abrams argues that anyone can be a leader, and that leadership is not limited to those who hold positions of authority.

She provides examples of successful advocacy efforts that were led by individuals or groups who were not in positions of power, but who were able to effect change through strategic organising, persistence, and collaboration.

Another major theme of the book is the importance of fighting for fairness and equality in the political system. Abrams shares her own experiences of being marginalised as a woman of colour in politics, and how she has worked to combat voter suppression and ensure fair elections.

She provides practical advice for those who want to become more involved in advocacy efforts, and encourages readers to be persistent and resilient in the face of obstacles.

She also provides a clear and concise roadmap for advocacy and leadership, with practical tips and strategies that readers can apply to their own lives and work.

This approach makes the book both inspiring and informative, and it is a must-read for anyone who is interested in promoting fairness and equality in the political system, and for those who want to become effective advocates for change.



One of the strengths of the book is Stacey Abrams’s engaging writing style and storytelling ability. Abrams shares personal anecdotes and insights throughout the book, making it an enjoyable and relatable read.

She also provides a clear and concise roadmap for advocacy and leadership, with practical tips and strategies that readers can apply to their own lives and work.

“Leading from Outside” inspires and teaches leadership, activism, and social justice. Everybody who wants to promote political justice and change should read it.

Stacey Abrams is highly competent and qualified. Abrams is a great writer, strategist, and tactician. No surprise.

My favourite quotes:

  • “When we refuse to name our obstacles, we can never find a way around them. Worse, we accept their inevitability, believing we deserve what we get.”
  • “The goal is to stretch ourselves, to explore our potential, even when we know we won’t be first or the best.”
  • “Leadership is not a rank, it is a choice. It is a decision to fight for fairness, opportunity, and respect. It is a willingness to engage in struggle and to embrace risk. It is the determination to live with confidence and purpose. It is the bravery to live authentically, to confront injustice, and to hold oneself accountable.”
  • “Never tell yourself no. Let someone else do it.”
  • “The most effective way to change the world is to start with the people closest to you. You have the power to make a difference in your family, your community, and your workplace. Every time you take a stand against injustice or bigotry, you are leading.”
  • “Our priorities should ideally engage heart and head.”
  • “Persistence is the key to success. Advocacy is not a sprint, it is a marathon. Change takes time, and progress is often slow. But if you are persistent and committed to your cause, you can achieve great things.”
  • “No one born into the minority has the luxury of giving up, even if we do not win enough of the time.
  • “Diversity is not just a buzzword, it is a necessity. When people from different backgrounds and perspectives come together to work toward a common goal, the result is greater creativity, innovation, and success.”
  • “It’s frustrating to realize we’re taught to be humble in a way that men are not.
  • “Success is not just about winning, it is about making a difference. True success is measured by the impact you have on the world and the people around you.”
  • “Logic is a seductive excuse for setting low expectations.”

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