Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek

I just finished reading Simon Sinek’s book “Leaders Eat Last” that covers why teams can work together when others do not.

Simon Sinek's book on leadership and why some teams pull together and others fall apart.
Simon Sinek’s book on leadership and why some teams pull together and others fall apart.

The book challenges you to 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 according to Sinek, who noticed in his travels around the world, great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things. Some of these teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other.

After a quick, entertaining start, the book gets thick quickly as Sinek dives deep into the chemical reactions that spur human behavior. I nearly dropped the book off after 80 pages, but stuck through to the end, where the halfway point picks up with more anecdotes, case studies and real-life examples that speak to my own interests.

The book is an interesting read, and for those considering leadership improvement, a nice read with a few stories you can pull out and use when mentoring others as well.

 

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