Leaders Eat Last

leaders eat last

I’ve just finished reading Simon Sinek’s acclaimed Leaders Eat Last. The basic thesis of the book is that sustainable healthy organizations require leaders that invest in the people and the culture, rather than just maximizing profits for shareholders. Here’s a few snippets to whet your appetite:

  • “According to a Gallup poll conducted in 2013 . . . when our bosses completely ignore us, 40 percent of us actively disengage from our work. If our bosses criticize us on a regular basis, 22 percent of us actively disengage.”  
  • “Whitehall Studies . . . found that workers’ stress was not caused by a higher degree of responsibility . . . but the degree of control workers feel they have throughout their day. . . Put simply: less control, more stress.” 
  • “Trust is like lubrication. It reduces friction and creates conditions much more conducive to performance” 
  • “In a weak culture, we veer away from doing ‘the right thing’ in favour of doing ‘the thing that’s right for me'”
  • “Not until those without information relinquish their control can an organization run better, smoother and faster and reach its maximum potential”
  • “instead of trying to command-and-control everything. leaders devote all their energy to training, building and protecting their people”
  • “its a lot more profitable in the long term to minimize employee turnover and maximize employee productivity, commitment, and loyalty.”
  • “being a leader is like being a parent. It is about committing to the well-being of those in our care and having a willingness to make sacrifices to see their interested advanced so that they may carry our banner long after we are gone.”

I liked this book. If you’re the kind of leader obsessed with numbers and spreadsheets, this ‘softer side’ will be a crucial corrective.

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