Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't

Why do only a few people get to say I love my job It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled.Why do only a few people get to say I love my job It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled This is not a crazy, idealized notion Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things In his travels around the world since the publication of his bestseller Start with Why, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams were able to trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other Other teams, no matter what incentives were offered, were doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure Why The answer became clear during a conversation with a Marine Corps general Officers eat last, he said Sinek watched as the most junior Marines ate first while the most senior Marines took their place at the back of the line What s symbolic in the chow hall is deadly serious on the battlefield great leaders sacrifice their own comfort even their own survival for the good of those in their care This principle has been true since the earliest tribes of hunters and gatherers It s not a management theory it s biology Our brains and bodies evolved to help us find food, shelter, mates and especially safety We ve always lived in a dangerous world, facing predators and enemies at every turn We thrived only when we felt safe among our group Our biology hasn t changed in fifty thousand years, but our environment certainly has Today s workplaces tend to be full of cynicism, paranoia and self interest But the best organizations foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a Circle of Safety that separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside The Circle of Safety leads to stable, adaptive, confident teams, where everyone feels they belong and all energies are devoted to facing the common enemy and seizing big opportunities As he did in Start with Why, Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories from a wide range of examples, from the military to manufacturing, from government to investment banking The biology is clear when it matters most, leaders who are willing to eat last are rewarded with deeply loyal colleagues who will stop at nothing to advance their leader s vision and their organization s interests It s amazing how well it works.
Leaders Eat Last Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don t Why do only a few people get to say I love my job It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations to fe

  • Title: Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • Author: Simon Sinek
  • ISBN: 9781101623039
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    1. As a U.S. Air Force officer and pilot, I receive professional military education on leadership regularly, so much so that it is almost a nuisance. From personal experience, I can firmly say that great leaders are not born, they are developed by their experiences and knowledge. The knowledge from this book has definitely made me a better leader. Sinek's main purpose in writing this book is not to help others become better leaders so that they can jump up the corporate ladder, motivate subordinate [...]

    2. Truthfully, you are better served watching this brief TED Talk delivered by Simon Sinek himself. Here: ted/talks/simon_sinek_?The book is bloated and unconvincing stretch of some already very simple ideas. No need to tell me about the chemicals of human survival or studies with statistics out of context which are not representative in the least

    3. While this didn't blow me away like Start With Why did, it did validate a lot of things I've always hoped were true.First, good leaders empower their teams to function on their own, and this often means that once leaders move on, continued or increased success isn't necessarily because you left rather because you were there.I can think of a few groups I've been involved in that did this, which makes me feel great.Second, that team creation is the most important thing of leadership. Recruiting an [...]

    4. I'm disappointed with the reviewers. They lead me astray with this one. I feel like I just read one long string of business cliches strung with scientific definitions. Is the author, Simon Sinek, profound in telling us that a company with a trusting, comfortable environment with intelligent, genuine and caring leaders will be more successful than one without? That seems obvious. Sinek rebrands this idea as the Circle of Safety, an environment necessary for the well-being of humans, a species wh [...]

    5. Started and ended well, but I didn't enjoy the middle as much. With that said, it is still a worthy read, and here a few of my favorite takeaways"Empathy is the single greatest asset to do your job""If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader""It is not the genius at the top giving directions that make people great. It is the great people that make the guy at the top look like a genius""No one wakes up in the morning to go to work with the [...]

    6. God dang this is a good book. I have to say, Sinek NAILED IT!Sinek is a Brit, and therefor different than an American in an absolutely crucial way.Like other British intellectuals, he's not afraid to integrate the evolutionary perspective into his theory and analysis.Maybe it's because Charles Darwin is British. Maybe it's because all of the super psycho religious fanatics came over here (America) circa 300 years ago. Probably a little of both.What ever the reason. British intellectuals demonstr [...]

    7. Incredible. Love the concept of the Circle of Safety. Great tie in to recovery and Step 12. Sinek examines how four chemicals incentivize and repeat behaviors. They are:Dopamine - Gratification, tied to addictionCortisol - Fear, stressOxytocin - Serving, being a part ofEndorphins - Runner's HighMakes a strong case for Empathy as a major missing component in organizations. "Empathy is not the something we offer to our customers or our employees from nine to five. Empathy is, as Johnny Bravo expla [...]

    8. A very insightful book about people behavior, social mindset and modern company cultures. It ties in nicely concepts of human psychology with the biological mechanisms inside us to give an explanation of human behaviors and how to deal with them. Personally, I recommend this book to everyone working in an organization today but especially those that lead or aim at leading an organization some day.

    9. A fairly enjoyable and thought provoking book on how to get people to be the most productive at work. They most form bonds among themselves - a "circle of safety" - and trust is essential. Feeling that the boss will sacrifice you if necessary creates angst and poor results. It is also important that the company is not after short-term wins and that they fire people only as a last resort. It's pretty obvious. I work decidedly better with people who I know have my back - and I theirs - than the on [...]

    10. Listened to the audio book version.The basic premise of this book is that some teams work together and some teams don't. This books is how to create a culture in the workplace of safety, connection, caring and commitment. Using many examples and anecdotes from big corporations to the military the author shows how leaders can bring groups together.One of the most interesting and unexpected parts of this book is a thorough analysis of how basic biology plays a role in our workplace environment. Th [...]

    11. I loved this book! It is packed with relevant stories of effective and ineffective leadership, giving me the insight and strength to recognize applications in my own life.

    12. I really enjoyed elements of this book, and moderately disliked other elements of it. It wasn't the 5 star read I hoped it would bebut I'd still strongly recommend. Sinek makes some terrific points about leadership and work environments. I recognized everything I hate about law school in his discussion of a bad work environment, and things I loved about working for AFP in his description of a positive work environment. It was a fitting end of the year read for me. When this book discusses leader [...]

    13. Meh. Within this book, Sinek summaries my own experience reading his book: "This is no soapbox rambling. It is just biology." Actually, it is soapbox rambling.Although unsurprising based on his background, Sinek writes from a heavily military-oriented perspective. I found myself needing to inject "she", "her", "they", and "their" an awful lot because this book reads old fashioned. It makes the female workforce somewhat invisible by omission.Content I found useful:* "A consumer is just that: an a [...]

    14. Well, I figured it would be near impossible to do better than his first book, "Start With Why" and this comes really close :)I watched the introduction video of Simon's on YouTube and was really surprised when he talked about good leadership being a "literal" part of human survival. I didn't see how a leadership book was going to go there but it did.The book sticks to science by discussing in part how our own physiology as humans plays a part of our own satisfaction in the work place. This break [...]

    15. This is an awesome book of inspiration to become a leader. This book takes us to the next level of success as it’s from the author of “START WITH WHY”, Simon Sinek. In this book Simon Sinek tells us the roles and responsibilities and dos an don’ts and skills and the path to choose, about and become a leader and this list evolves… It contains many good inspiring stories of the successful businessman and their way to reach there.I like the following words from this book, “Leaders are t [...]

    16. A book probably every leader should read. Simon Sinek offers insights on how biological triggers and mechanisms work in the context of team-work and leadership, and explanations on why certain leader behaviors are appreciated or disliked by their peers. At the same time, Sinek offers some advice on how better to treat peers, colleagues and subordinates from the perspective of a leader or co-worker. One gets a better understanding and appreciation of how our biological wiring works in current tim [...]

    17. This simple, clear book outlines the responsibilities of leaders, heavily based on insights gained from studying the Marine Corps. Sinek’s book touches on the biology of leaders and tribes – what feels good, what drives us, and so on – but at heart this book is really a sermon on leaders and what it means to accept the mantle of leadership. We need more leaders, Sinek says, by which he means responsible leaders, and one can only wholeheartedly agree.

    18. If you think you are doing the right things by investing your time and energy in your people, this book will reinforce your confidence in those actions. This book helped reinforce those principles and ideas and also reminded me when I've fell short. Sinek's first book, "Starts with Why" answers the "why," this book answers the how: apathy, building an organization focused on its workers and customers first which allows the organization's mission to thrive. Great book!

    19. Start with Why was the if-you-read-one-book foundation. Leders eat last is building on it - into new thought provoking dimensions. Some are too self evident to be taken into account. Many will think that the sense making recipes are too naive to be taken into account in the quarterly capitalism carousel. I think differently - they have to be taken into account in the exponentially growing technology and information mess - otherwise we will really get lost.

    20. I love this book. From my experience in the real world, I have noticed that many companies sees their employees as expendable and not as important. I really love his book and I believe everyone should read it- especially people managing other employees. It explains a lot how to actually motivate your staff by looking at them as an asset rather then just anything else.

    21. This book is my go-to management bible. This is the type of leader that my field (and my future teams) deserve to have. If you're looking for a book to help you figure out how to get your management game on point, try this one. Also, take a gander at his TeD talks. They're worth the time.

    22. I loved this book. I got it to make me a better leader but it taught me so much about the value of doing what is right for yourself and for your core team, even if it makes you a little uncomfortable. Don't stay in the job that you hate! It could literally kill you.

    23. I'm sure everyone says that this book is inspiring, but that's because it is. I've been a Sinek fan ever since I heard him speak at one of the first-ever Public Library Association's Annual Conference "Big Ideas" series, but sadly, I'm rather late getting to his books. Needless to say, I'm glad that I finally did! The standards set forth in this work are high, but absolutely essential. Being a leader (of any kind) is challenging, but our work, business, shopping, government, (etc.), and world wo [...]

    24. Simon Sinek discusses how our chemical make up in our brain can affect the chemistry in our workplaces. High dopamine (self-serving behavior) and cortisol (stress or fear) in work places where workers do not feel safe can result in a breakdown of teamwork. On the other hand, workplaces with high levels of oxytocin (The brain chemicals produced when we are helping others) and high levels of empathy can bring teams together and help workers to function at their highest levels. Very interesting and [...]

    25. I put off reading this for years. Only because of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute (TGEI) did I acquiesce and crack the spine. I wanted to hate it. For reasons mostly unclear to me, I find Sinek insufferable. I wanted to hate this book. I instead found myself surprised time and again by insight and good synthesis of available information. This book blends an understanding of what good leadership is and does and the impacts leadership, Good and bad, have on the very biology of the lea [...]

    26. This is a very informative book, but it wasn't what I was expecting. This book is designed for the person who is leading specifically in the business world. I was hoping for a book that applied to all forms of leadership, and while some of his principles can be used universally, you will have to do the work of figuring out how. Simon is incrdibly informed and does a great job explaining how we got where we are today in regards to leadership in business.

    27. I won this book as part of the 12 Books Reading Club and was very excited. I had previously watched Simon Sinek's TedTalk and was blown away at his charismatic way of speaking and the passion that was clear in the message of that specific video, based off Starts With Why, his first book.Well, I got the book I started reading immediately. I found myself totally in it, meaning I started to reflect on my own leadership style and my personal life. I never do this, but I started taking note of page n [...]

    28. Simon definitely be treated reverential, his thoughts and materialistic explanation out showed how a leader should be, he started with explaining chemical reactions E,D,S,O first two were an individual chemical that out-rich yourself while other two are social chemicals."Endorphins" that mask pain i.e the feel satisfaction after a work out. "Dopamine" feeling of achieving something that you have working for long time in past. "Serotonin" is feel of affection that you are showing to others."Oxyto [...]

    29. If you manage through some parts that are barely bearable for non-US reader, it's solid 4 stars.What parts are these? For instance: full of pathos references to U.S. Marines, all-the-way analogies between belonging to company & to family. Simon is a great speaker, a good writer, but sometimes he just goes to far - not even in terms of conclusions, but in his analogies & parallels. It may still be ok for US readers, but not in Europe, sorry.Anyway, back to the book:It's not really a book [...]

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