#GEW2014 Sunday: Book Review – Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Leaders Eat Last

Just finished reading Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek. If you are into leadership and entrepreneurship, I highly recommend it. In a world of highly corrupt leaders in business, public and civil service where we are surrounded by greedy bankers, entrepreneurs, and corrupt politians, Simon reminds us what true leadership in the 21st century is all about.

The following are some of the top ten nuggets I took from the book:

1. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

2. “If our leaders are to enjoy the trappings of their position in the hierarchy, then we expect them to offer us protection. The problem is, for many of the overpaid leaders, we know that they took the money and perks and didn’t offer protection to their people. In some cases, they even sacrificed their people to protect or boost their own interests. This is what so viscerally offends us. We only accuse them of greed and excess when we feel they have violated the very definition of what it means to be a leader.”

3. “And when a leader embraces their responsibility to care for people instead of caring for numbers, then people will follow, solve problems and see to it that that leader’s vision comes to life the right way, a stable way and not the expedient way.”

4. “Truly human leadership protects an organization from the internal rivalries that can shatter a culture. When we have to protect ourselves from each other, the whole organization suffers. But when trust and cooperation thrive internally, we pull together and the organization grows stronger as a result.”

5. “Children are better off having a parent who works into the night in a job they love than a parent who works shorter hours but comes home unhappy.”

6. “I know of no case study in history that describes an organization that has been managed out of a crisis. Every single one of them was led.”

7. “Every single employee is someone’s son or someone’s daughter. Like a parent, a leader of a company is responsible for their precious lives.”

8. “Returning from work feeling inspired, safe, fulfilled and grateful is a natural human right to which we are all entitled and not a modern luxury that only a few lucky ones are able to find.”

9. “All the perks, all the benefits and advantages you may get for the rank or position you hold, they aren’t meant for you. They are meant for the role you fill. And when you leave your role, which eventually you will, they will give the ceramic cup to the person who replaces you. Because you only ever deserved a Styrofoam cup.”

10. “It is not the genius at the top giving directions that makes people great. It is great people that make the guy at the top look like a genius.”

2 thoughts on “#GEW2014 Sunday: Book Review – Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

  1. Busi Maluleka says:

    I am so getting the book, thank you for sharing.

    Regards,

    Busi Maluleka Declare & Renounce in 2014

    Sent from my iPad

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