Leaders Eat Last
Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
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The New York Times bestseller by the acclaimed, bestselling author of Start With Why and Together is Better. Now with a new chapter on leading millennials, based on Simon Sinek's viral video "The Millennial Question" (150+ million views).
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 create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.
In his work with organizations around the world, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are 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.
Too many workplaces are driven by cynicism, paranoia, and self-interest. But the best ones 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.
Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories that range from the military to big business, from government to investment banking.
Do yourself a favor and read this. Eye opening and with your time.
This was an excellent book. It explains the biological component of working with and building trust with people. Simon uses the concept of a Circle of Safety to show how leaders need to work for their employees within that circle to ensure that they feel safe and can thrive. He gives many recent historical examples of how generational attitudes have created conditions that may allow for the circle of safety to fail when leaders violate the rule of taking care of others before themselves. The military uses the phrase "Leaders Eat Last" to characterize that rule, and Simon takes it and applies it accross the corporate spectrum. He presents a lot of science in this book, but not in a geeky, hard-to-understand way. But his does back up his discussion with facts. The book is also well documented in the end notes. One of the big things I'll walk away with is how abundance and success can be destructive if not kept in perspective.
I truly enjoyed reading this inspiring book