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Leaders Eat Last

Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
Written by: Simon Sinek
Narrated by: Simon Sinek
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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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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  • Jason Collin
  • 2020-03-26

So Relevant!

Simon Sinek is a great storyteller and narrator. This book is filled with wonderful examples of leadership and practical applications for leaders.

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  • Russell
  • 2020-03-11

Brilliant!

This book is so complete! Simon did a fantastic job of bringing in a holistic approach to leadership and life in general. And as a Marine, I feel vindicated in my leadership style that at sometimes seems out of place in a job that’s run by managers of corporation. I will certainly be recommending this book to my company for a company wide book recommendation at the next managers conference

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  • Patti
  • 2020-03-09

This is another brilliant work by Simon Sinek.

Don't listen unless your ready to do some serious self reflection! The author hits very poignantly on the the driving factors that motivate and reward us as humans and the criticality of recognizing this as leaders. These range from our most basic needs - back to the paleolitic era even - to our most lofty desires and altruistic givings. Beautifully done. Again.

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  • Ali
  • 2020-03-03

Updated Version of the same great book!

This is an updated version of Leaders Eat Last. All of the information is the same as before and now includes an extended chapter on Leading Millennials (Chapter 24 and Appendix). Fascinating information, worth the listen in my opinion.