Leaders Eat Last

Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Book reviews

Written by: Ellen Young


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Written by: Simon Sinek

This book, along with the author’s other, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, seek to lay out the formula to which we may, answer the question, “Why can’t we enjoy ourselves at work like we do when we’re not at work?”  

Comparing the human body as a system to organizations which thrive, we are taken on a journey of what makes a leader and what makes a leader take the risks in which their followers will indeed, follow. Sinek engages with the importance of what makes employee’s and co-workers not only follow but thrive. After all, when employees thrive, companies thrive.  

In the author’s own words, “This book attempts to help us understand why we do what we do.” Hint, there’s no “one thing” that makes leaders or companies successful. It’s within a series of choices made that create a workplace culture or create workplace successes. These mini-success stories create a world in which teams come together, leaders lead, workers find their groove, and ultimately what follows are the success stories we all hope to one day become.  

Some of the most innovative and high-performing organizations have one thing in common, according to Sinek, “To sacrifice the numbers to save the people and not sacrifice the people to save the numbers.” Through critical chapters, such as From ‘Me’ to ‘We’ and Why We Have Leaders, we—the reader and hopeful leaders of tomorrow—can take in many real-life examples of true leaders and leadership qualities, and it begins to make sense of the organizations we collectively strive to be like—or work at. 

This book relies a lot on US company examples and leadership styles, but I find the parables parallel to what many companies, start-ups, and leaders worldwide seek to accomplish and undertake. A successful company is not only synonymous with economic success, but social change and impact and a company culture to be emulated, admired, and repeated.  

If I could describe this book in one word, that word would be, “indispensable.” •