Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Leaders Eat Last Book Cover Leaders Eat Last
Simon Sinek
Business & Economics
Portfolio
2014
244

Review: Simon Sinek continues to inspire with his latest work. If anything “Leaders Eat Last” is even more thought-provoking than “Start with Why.” As he does a deep dive into team dynamics, Sinek references biology, chemistry, and evolution to explain and give context to the “why” behind team behaviors. He believes the environment that leaders create throughout the organization makes the difference between success and failure.

The title references a situation Sinek observed—junior Marines ate first while senior leaders waited at the back of the line. It provided a tangible example of how great leaders inspire trust by sacrificing their own comfort for the good of the whole. I found myself nodding along as the author discussed how leaders can create the optimal environment. Practical examples help bring the science to life and shed light on how people behave in various situations.

This isn’t a “pie in the sky” approach. Sinek advocates for taking a stand and being willing to make yourself vulnerable as you move into the role of a servant leader. (Servant leaders share power, puts the needs of others first, and helps people develop and perform to their full potential.)

A great read for aspiring and current leaders.

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