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Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't Paperback – 25 May 2017
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Leaders Eat Last
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 Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek, internationally bestselling author of Start With Why, investigates these great leaders from Marine Corps Officers, who don't just sacrifice their place at the table but often their own comfort and even their lives for those in their care, to the heads of big business and government - each putting aside their own interests to protect their teams.
Sinek argues that this is what it means to be a true leader and shows the benefits such leadership brings to businesses and society, and reveals how and why we must all apsire to this gold standard.
Simon Sinek is the bestselling author of Start with Why, Leaders Eat Last, Together is Better and The Infinite Game which have helped organizations around the world inspire their people to reach new heights. He has presented his ideas to Fortune 100 companies and small start-ups; to non-profit organizations and members of Congress; to foreign ambassadors and the highest levels of the US military, among many others. His TED talk based on Start with Why is the third most popular video of all time on TED.com, with more than 35 million views.
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I bought this book because 1) I am taking the step in my career of managing direct reports and so trying to consume as much useful content as I can, 2) it was recommended to me by multiple people, and 3) because a boss/mentor/friend of mine that I really respect loves Sinek’s “Start With Why.”
Writing: It’s not a fun or captivating read. He does not write to engage, entertain, surprise or delight readers. He is not particularly skilled with turn of phrase. I never laughed, or gasped, or really felt any emotion at all throughout this. This book (and perhaps Sinek) has no personality.
Content: Read the 2 and 3 star reviews already written here. It drones on and on about the same principle. This one company treated their employees well and everything went great for them. This other company treated their employees poorly and everything went badly for them. There are no practical applications to use in day-to-day life. If there are, I forgot them, because they were buried by chapter after chapter of the same stuff.
Extra insight on leading millennials: this part takes my review from 3 to 2 stars; it should not have been added into the book. At one point he says “this is not an older guy saying young people need to ‘do their time,’” yet that’s exactly what it is. He also includes tidbits like: take notes on paper, and don’t have your phone out on the dinner table. And then, at the end of his chapter on millennials, he includes advice to parents on limiting screen time. Sounds like his own vague agenda for the world, not advice on leadership. Also, Sinek does a really poor job of meeting people where they are. Screens are a major part of everyone’s life (not just millennials...) so trying to fight that and telling people they’re wrong for using screens, makes him come across as stodgy, holier-than-thou, judgmental, unrealistic, and not credible. Also, after a cursory google, it does not appear he has kids... so form your own opinion on whether he should be issuing parenting advice.
If he could take what he was trying to do with the millennial chapter (practical steps to execute day-to-day), NOT have done it for millennials (because most of his examples were crap, outdated, tone-deaf, over-generalized, condescending, and devoid of ANY nuance), and instead did it for the rest of the chapters, that would make this book a lot more useful.
A memorable segment was Sinek's discussion of our biochemistry as human beings involving endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. His explanation of the ways these chemicals differentiate us from all other species provided insight into our success as human beings by driving cooperation and receiving neurochemical benefits from advancing the greater social good.
Much of the book is not new, and Sinek tends to make broad generalizations that could easily be challenged. But as a conversation starter, the book is a refreshing addition to leadership literature and brings some new information and perspective to a discussion of leadership, while prompting consideration of broader issues of the values modern society embraces.