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Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

Narrated by Simon Sinek.

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, idealised notion. 

Today, in many successful organisations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

In Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek, internationally best-selling author of Start With Why, investigates these great leaders from Marine Corps Officers, who don't just sacrifice their place at the table but often their own comfort and even their lives for those in their care, to the heads of big business and government - each putting aside their own interests to protect their teams. 

Sinek argues that this is what it means to be a leader and asks are you a leader?

©2016 Simon Sinek (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.

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"As refreshingly simple and easy to follow as it is thought-provoking." (Management Today)

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Some new ideas

Promoted the idea of service and looking after employees in a new spirit of we not me. All good but everything came back to dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin, this reached ridiculous proportions by the end of the book and detracted from the overall message.

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Excellently described, concise and well written

A thoroughly enjoyable audiobook, useful take home information that's easy to digest. The stories included are enthralling and varied.

An absolute no brainer for business owners, coaches, team leaders and heads of business or groups

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Incredibly dull and monotonous

The book starts out well, giving useful insights into effective leadership. As the book goes on however, it becomes unbearable. The author tells boring story after boring story about American companies and people. These stories go on way too long and are simply not needed in order to convey the simplistic leadership principles intended. In true American fashion, the author fails to discuss any other country in his case studies, as if America is the only nation on Earth. As a Brit, this was infuriating to listen to. Furthermore, the author's references to Dopamine, Seratonin and other chemicals reaches epic monotony, bordering the ridiculous.

Overall, a huge amount of history, chemistry and American egotism that completely murders the potential of this being a good book.

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Ok, but strangely laking in guidance

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Honestly the word oxytocin was in every other sentence, it really started to grate on my nerves. And for a book I had expected to be full of suggestions what to change it was strangely laking on that front. 95% summarising what is wrong in todays businesses 5% not very clear suggestions what to do.

Would you be willing to try another book from Simon Sinek? Why or why not?

Probably not, he had plenty of time to get a message to me this time round.

Have you listened to any of Simon Sinek’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Nobody would go to a film based on a self help book.

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Very US focused view of the world. And oh yes, the military is just great and a perfect place to be. The author does not even seem to have heard of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder yet. He honestly claimed that soldiers send into battle are faring better that the one left behind.

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Simply great

If you could sum up Leaders Eat Last in three words, what would they be?

Thought provoking ideation

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Once again, Simon Sinek delivers a thought-provoking masterpiece. Some great analysis of what it takes to build a circle of safety and lead sustainably. Easy to follow to while driving.

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I loved this book!

It's clever, easy to follow and believable. I really enjoyed it. It provides the idea of heart count rather than head count.

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Brilliant, Insightful and Inspiring!

A fantastic work , that should be a compulsory read for high school scholars- our future leaders!

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Inspiring truth

Simon Sinek has an easy listening voice and a memorable storytelling fashion. The stories he tells and the truths he pulls from them inspire me to be a better leader, friend and colleague. The great thing is it's not his new concept! Instead it's the truth about People.

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This is a fantastic book, extremely informative.

This book is a must have for any aspiring leaders and will be of excellent use to all who read it.

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Lacking in substance and cliche

This has it all: the classic patronising introduction to evolutionary biology and hormones, an overview of almost every popular scientific study that you already know about with tortured metaphors to link to the author’s message, the generalisation of entire groups of people, and more.

Sometimes I would dip into the book and wondered whether I’d stepped into some kind of one-man “stuff I heard on a train” podcast. The core issue with this book is the horrible way the author picks well-known phenomena and studies and twists them into supporting the theme with a kind of “isn’t it obvious” tone. It feels like there is very little evidence backing any of his actual assertions.

There is some practical advice at the end of the book about managing millennials. Turns out they want a purpose in life and like feedback. Cool.

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  • Adebiyi Olafusi
  • 01-10-18

I was blessed

I was blessed listening to this audio book. I am definitely going to listen to it a couple more times.

Thanks Mr Senik.

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  • 08-03-18

Excellent book

Very helpful book, I'd highly recommend to all managers and those wishing to lead people. Simon is great writer and is very insightful.

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  • 24-01-18

Relevant

From distracting technology to millennials, the book offers a unique insight to the current work environment.

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  • Vishal S.
  • 01-06-17

A must listen

A must listen for all those in leadership roles and even not in those roles.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-08-21

Leadership is practiced

Loved the examples based on researched. Makes it real. Insightful book which will form part of my continued journey of why and leadership in coaching and mentoring. Thank you Simon.

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  • 06-08-20

Revolutionary

Simon's perspective on leaders is revolutionary and novel in redefining the future of work and business

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  • 17-02-20

Thanks Simon

I am really glad to see that what Simon says still applies in 2020, and I'm sure it will for the rest of our lives. As a millenial myself, I appreciate the message and guidance to building long lasting relationships. Thanks man

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  • Chester Cobus
  • 23-08-19

So worth my time

It's inspiring and I've learnt a lot. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Thank you.

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  • 23-04-19

Narrative

The book was very informative. But I've heard Simon perform better in videos,more powerful,whereas in this book,the tone was dull.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-19

Thanks Simon..., true master piece adding to leadership evolution!!!
A message of "Awakening" to the "traditional manager..., to evolve to New Economy Leadership which is (and will be) the competitive edge in organizations in future!!