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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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Interesting insights for Leaders

I have been trained by our trekking, mountaineering leader by literally making us eat last when we used to lead smaller groups in the treks. This book gave me a new insight into the leading teams. Not just leading but also its has set guide lines for developing teams with the members from the new generation (fresher's) coming on board the team.

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Do read ”start with why” before this book

The book is an extended version of start with why. It extrapolates the quality of leadership from how to be a good leader to how to remain a good leader. Start with why answers how to be a good leader and this book is all about how to remain as one. It is really hard to say what I personally disliked. Many of the findings explained by Simon are probably well known to many but some are profound- like the where he talks about David Marquet's leadership experience. To the ones which we already know, he backs them with scientific claims which are really hard to dispute.
Overall, this book is meant for all the readers who are willing to choose leadership as their mantel. After all, leadership is a choice and anybody can choose to be one.

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a must listen

this book really gives you an insight about leadership. you get to learn about the leader and even can bring it out of yourself.

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Good book

The narration is fine. The concepts in the book are also great. I especially loved the examples from the military.

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Practical Storyline!

Enough of management jargons and gyan and mantras... this book is all about stories and learnings. Best part is “Eat dirt” and dealing with millennials.

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amazing book

it has everything to learn about leadership. a must read book for every employees and managers

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Amazing book

Loved the book and real life examples. It’s always very interesting to read and hear Simon Sinek

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Excellent Book

really liked it, awesome thought process , how to become good leader, how to pull your team together, United strength more important.
very well constructed book thanks Simon

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Concept is good but too much stretched 😓

struggle to finish as due to long stories main concept overlooked. This would have best book on leadership if it's cut to half & put more clear focus on 'Circle of Safety'
Narration by Simon is great but it's too stretched.

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Nice read

Really good book to read. Every leader must read this book and apply it in execution.

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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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  • Jason
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Nii
  • 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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  • MrStruggles
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-18

Great read for every leader!

Dome well articulated ingredients for successful selfless leadership particularly across the generational gap that exist between Generation X and millennials.

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  • JedHoll
  • 27-08-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-07-17

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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  • Mr B
  • 03-07-18

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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  • Andrew Stewart
  • 24-08-17

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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  • Louise
  • 21-08-17

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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  • Elaine Seidel
  • 02-07-17

Brilliant, Insightful and Inspiring!

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

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  • Julia
  • 09-09-17

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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • Neil
  • 05-06-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-19

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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  • Michael
  • 23-06-17

One of the best books I have read this year

Against the backdrop of other books I have read recently ('The Prince - Machiavelli, 33 strategies of war - Robert Greene, Meditations- Marcus Aurelius & Ego is the Enemy- Ryan Holiday') this one seemed soft/fluffy/weak but then it got into explorations and extrapolations of the relevance and affects of endorphins, dopamine, serrations, oxytocin and cortisol in business environments.
This is one of the best books I have read recently, you might want to check it out

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-10-17

Good ideas but twisted truths

I enjoyed the book but particular ideas came across a little too far stretched. Worth the read if you want a different business perspective to leadership and don't a bit of classic America centralised thoughts

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  • Linda M. Cockburn
  • 23-06-17

Tacky

Would you try another book written by Simon Sinek or narrated by Simon Sinek?

I wouldn't listen to another of his books, I didn't listen to all of this. Felt that existential angst of wasting my life while listening to it. Over-inflated pap.

Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Sinek’s performances?

No

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  • Derick
  • 29-09-17

Humbling

As a Gen y / millennial, as Simon says; I've learnt so much about myself and now I know how to lead my team.

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  • neozenith
  • 11-12-16

A guide to feel good chemicals

I love Simon Sinek's work as he goes that extra layer deeper into understanding and explaining how things work.

I particularly enjoyed how he relates a lot of the human traits we have around leadership and following leaders come back to the four major feel good chemicals and their relationship to each other as well as the relationship to our physiology and psychology.

Parts of it were dry case studies but as an audio book it's easier to motor through those sections a bit more passively listening whilst taking home the highlight reel messages of the book.

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  • Pete Sab
  • 28-05-21

Must Read

Virtually flawless treatise of how to approach organisational change using a people centric approach.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-21

Terrific!

Loved it! Great anecdotes, thought provoking ideas and challenging concepts. I really love Simon's work!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-03-21

Incredible book! Must read for any/all ‘leaders’

This book was incredible. I feel like every single person who’s in a leadership role (CEOs, managers, bosses, team leaders, coaches, mentors, etc) should have to read this book!

Simon packed this book with information, examples and scientific evidence to back up everything he shares and my mind was blown.

Absolutely loved it.

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  • Travis Brunton
  • 25-02-21

Don't condemn, complain or criticise

I've come back to this book over a couple years. The advice here is worth your time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-21

Insight to neurotransmitters in Leadership

Great explanation and understanding of how oxytocin and seratonin form the bonds of trust in a team.
Also how a dopamine fuelled mindset can break a team.
A must read book to change the culture of how we should be working in life, not just at work.

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  • madmax
  • 03-01-21

Why Leaders eat last

On point. Harder to do in the private sector, but sensible, astute and doable.