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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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struggle to finish

massive struggle to finish this book. maybe it's the kinesiology degree that made it tedious to hear about hormones on repeat for what felt like an eternity... but it definitely made it difficult to enjoy what this book potentially had to offer.

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A must listen

I chose to purchase this book to better my skills and boy was it an eye-opener.
If you are planning on leading anyone anywhere, this is a must to listen to and learn the right way to lead.

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Profound, with powerful takeaways.

This was my first time listening to an audiobook. I’m not a great writer so this review will be rather bland.

Simon Sinek, delivers valuable insight into the inner workings of functional teams (tribes, companies and families) and dysfunctional ones. He also explains how a lot of the issues with dysfunctional teams is due to the short term effects of a dopamine fulled reward system.

In short, it was a great audiobook and I would highly recommend.

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Enjoyed the entire book.

A well-written and timely read. I have added it to my recommendation list. A pleasure to enjoy as an audible experience.

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loved it

loved the book will listen again learned a lot and hope to pass it on

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Good Information

Put together quite well and flows nicely. Will listen to it again for better retention

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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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  • Javier cota jr
  • 2021-03-12

Try Another Read!

I went into this book with high expectations but felt like it failed to deliver a solid case! Most of the book talked about Neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin and never really established why having that knowledge is so important other than to fill in over half the book!
I'm all for trying new reads, especially on Leadership but this one was disappointing

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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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  • Ricardo C.
  • 2021-03-29

Must read book for everyone.

You will feel the truth along the expression of the author. Thank you for giving us this insights.

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  • Harith Al-Qurtass
  • 2021-03-26

simply tried and true

the book stating a fact that most of business school graduates have forgotten, or have been made to forget. today our focus on the short term has damaged our relationships and the business we operate. I would love to see a collaboration between Simon and Jim Collins, Jim can provide the research and data to show the Simon's ideas at work in real life with evidence that will cause a shift in the way we educate and evaluate our leaders

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  • MKRLAdelman
  • 2021-03-24

Not Just Leadership Lessons

These aren’t just leadership lessons. Like all of Simon Sinek’s books he demonstrates how we got to where we are today. From explaining the huge impacts of the FAA firings under Reagan to the way CEOs see people as numbers on spreadsheets: he helps you understand what the problem is and how it ended up the way it did. A must for military leaders for sure! Bravo, sir!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-19

Exhilaratingly Phenomenal

Buy smalle understanding of the world has begun to grow and I can't wait to look at everything with new eyes And to help and lead people.

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  • luca momigliano
  • 2021-03-01

Another great inspiring book about leadership!

Reading the comments before starting my simon sinek journey and all i read was: too repetitive.
As the latin used to say, repetita iuvat, and what he has to say should be repeated to everybody a milion times.
I am truly grateful for all of the great insights offered by simon sinek in all of his books, both about modern living, the way our brains work, and sooo much more. Read this book and pass it on, trust me ;)
Thankyou!