Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek

Leaders Eat Last



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Successful organisations have one common trait: their leaders are able to create a harmonious and cooperative working environment. Making the most of each person’s willingness to work together - a natural ability which enabled our species to evolve and thrive on this planet - is a successful leader’s main priority. As Sinek explains in his book Leaders Eat Last, this can only be achieved if you are willing to sacrifice yourself for your people, showing them that you are a person of integrity who is worthy of their trust.

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Analysis and key concepts


There's a big difference between being a manager and being a leader. People are more likely to follow leaders down risky paths, even dangerous ones. Therefore, leaders are more responsible for a team’s success or failure than managers


Dissatisfaction at work and poor health are closely linked. Contrary to popular belief, top managers risk less


The body uses endorphins, dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin to promote behaviours that can strengthen the feeling of progress and accomplishment – as individuals and as a species - through the ability to work together and get the work done


In large companies, numbers cannot represent people, they are simply abstract values. Leaders must close the gap and act as catalysts to help employees form bonds


Social responsibility rather than blindly following the rules: to earn trust, leaders must be generous and show that they care about people’s well being




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Born in 1973 in London and now a naturalised US citizen, Simon Oliver Sinek is a writer, essayist, and leadership expert. His research focuses on the patterns that make organisations great, starting with their leaders and the processes through which people and companies impact and improve the world we live in. He spreads his ideas via motivational speeches and the numerous books he has written, such as "Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action", "Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't" and "The Infinite Game.”

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