MHRC Review of: “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together & Others Don’t”, by Simon Sinek

MHRC Review of: “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t”, by Simon SinekmyHRcareers book club review of leaders eat last. Simon Sinek. Review by Nigel Youlds.myHRcareers book club gives 4.5 star review to 'Leaders Eat last'
Review for MHRCbookclub by Nigel Youds

Who should read it?  Anyone who works with people, even if you’re not (yet) a leader. That’s pretty much the point of his message…leadership isn’t a rank or title but is defined by how you act towards other people. It’s a terrific, thought-provoking book. The author challenges traditional views of leadership and shows what you can do when you create a culture of trust and safety and when you put people first. The basic premise, and the title, comes from his observations of US Marines, where junior Marines eat first while the Officers take their place at the back of the queue. They only eat when all of their men have food…in his words, symbolically sacrificing their own comfort for the good of those in their care.
What’s it good for? Making you think differently and challenging accepted norms. The book is grounded in real-world examples, from the military, political and business worlds, combined with accessible science explaining the biology behind how, when and why we thrive (or don’t thrive). While most will find nothing new in hearing that leadership and ‘management’ are not the same thing – people deriving their power from a position or title, rather than by how they act, and so are figures of authority rather than leaders – what he does very well is show the importance of leaders being truly focussed on their people.
What isn’t it good for?  It’s somewhat philosophical and aspirational, so don’t expect a handy step-by-step guide on how to actually implement his ideas.
How might it help you at work? You’ll never think about leadership in quite the same way…
Best tip picked up from it?  “Don’t sacrifice the people to make the numbers — sacrifice the numbers to save the people.”
How easy was it to read/ get into? Very. It’s not a long book and was engaging from the start.
Anything else? There’s a terrific TEDTalk as well (here)