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The New York Times best seller by the acclaimed, best-selling author of Start With Why and Together Is Better. Now with an expanded chapter and appendix on leading millennials, based on Simon Sinek's viral video "Millenials in the Workplace" (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.

©2014 Simon Sinek (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Great Book

Great book. Though I'm not in management anymore I do still lead a small team. This book was helpful in providing insight to improve my teams performance. I've heard too many times "find the right people and fire the wrong ones" or "Use. Abuse. Lose" from senior management. The state of our business culture in most cases is just sad. Wish more people could be exposed to content like this.

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Great book! Great narrative.

This book is a game changer in the leadership section. He inspired me to give this knowledge to my employees.

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Loved it

Love Simon's philosophies and story telling to illustrate his concepts using relevant examples. I have gained many practical tips to use in my leadership! !

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  • Jackson F.
  • 2020-10-16

Very Disappointed

I struggled to finish listening. It consisted mainly of stories about executives and their doings. Very little in the way of "front line" leaders. The last few hours was belittling millennials with strong implications of "the good times are over" beliefs. This is the second book I've listened to by the author and was just as disappointed as the first "Find Your Why". I recommend sticking with the classic "How to Win Friends and Influence People". That book is a Porsche, where as "Leaders Eat Last" is a bicycle with a flat tire.

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  • Briner
  • 2020-04-08

Little bit myopic and lots of cognitive dissonance

Author pushes his justification of culture on single events in history that just simply are non-sensible. “America lost its work culture when Regan laid off all air traffic controllers”. There is no deeper thought or look into the reason for lay-offs.... there are about 20 of these examples.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-30

What an outstanding book!

I loved this book, this performance and I cannot read and listen to enough of Sinek's books and info, please listen and suggest to someone else, the revision on Millennials was also very helpful and informative for a person such as myself in a guest-services leadership role, Thank You Simon!!

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  • Amber Longoria
  • 2020-04-02

Should be a required read for Supervisors

I absolutely love it! I love the history, the anthropology and psychology. I love the advice in the appendix. I highly recommend this book.

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  • RJ
  • 2021-01-17

Inspiring. Thought provoking.

Great read for anyone leading teams. Up to date materials and examples covered as well.

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  • Julie
  • 2021-01-11

Well written but not a business book

Senik does a good job of describing how leaders can foster employee satisfaction and boost employee retention. However, he fails to create a convincing business case for it. Instead, he relies on moral arguments that stretch a little. For example, he equates paying lower corporate taxes to equipping the Titanic with too few lifeboats. Senik does offer some good tips for managing millennials, which ring true to this millennial who manages millennials.

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  • Heidi Benson
  • 2021-01-04

Don't miss out on this one. It's like changing.

A must read for anyone who interacts with people This book benefits people for all ages I love this!

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  • Chelsea
  • 2021-01-01

One of the best books of the century!

If you don't read (or listen to) any other book this year, make time for this one! It's full of history, business stories, life lessons, and practical tips for not only becoming a better leader, but a better inhabitant of earth.

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  • Daniel L Tsunekawa
  • 2020-12-17

Everyone Should Read This!

I deeply loved this book and identified with it to my core. I hope that i exemplify the things Simon writes about in this book in to all the people around me both at work and in my personal life. I hope that when people are around me they feel safe and protected.

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  • Phillip in Stone Mountain
  • 2020-12-08

Must read if you want to manage or lead

Practical, actionable, reality-based, sensible. Definitely a good text for anyone who wants to lead others and for organizations that want to cultivate good leaders.