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Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't

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Simon Sinek

9 Hours 24 Minutes

Penguin Audio

February 2020

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The New York Times bestseller by the acclaimed, bestselling 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.

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  • Shawn M.

    Very insightful and spot-on. As a former Marine Officer, this audiobook provided the words to an attitude and culture that is often hard to explain to someone who has never experienced it.

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  • Kelsea F.

    Love this, love him! So many times I realized something I didn’t quite understand. He did such a great job at putting my thoughts into words.

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  • Rodney C.

    Great book. This is truly what the world, and all leaders need to hear or see.

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  • Max R.

    Another eye opener masterpiece. I love the millennial part in the end.

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  • Beth M

    Excellent book with spot on analysis, examples and take aways. I’m an avid audiobook reader and also picked up the paperback copy and would suggest the paper version is helpful as it provides diagrams that help illustrate the points being made. The old adage of a picture being worth 1000 words holds true here as well.

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