Leaders Eat Last Deluxe
Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
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The Deluxe Edition of Leaders Eat Last includes over 30 minutes of exclusive video of Simon Sinek. He delves deeper into book’s themes and shares additional examples and insights not in the book.
The New York Times-bestselling follow-up to Simon Sinek's global hit, Start With Why.
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.
He does it again!
Simon Sinek is a modern day Dale Carnegie. He takes on the task of explaining how the tools is designed to work (the brain) and succeeds. Simon has managed to take what could be a very complex subject and put it in terms that everyone can understand. I lost count of how many passages I highlighted for later reference when attempting to pass my learning onto my peers and employees.
I strongly encourage anyone who is looking to make a difference in not only their workplace but daily lives to read this book. If nothing else it will give you some insight into basic human needs and interaction that will cause others around you to believe you are different that most. What I find funny is most of the concepts are pretty straight forward. Nothing new - just explained in a very easy to understand format.
Definitely a prophet in our time!
Simon Sinek dies it again but better! He expounds his theories even more in this book on the biological forces behind groups and leadership. Every MBA and business student needs to read thus book.
Sinek Does It Again
Another wonderful, informative look at leadership and how people can shape and bring out the best in each other. Great read!