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Leaders Eat Last

Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
Written by: Simon Sinek
Narrated by: Simon Sinek
Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
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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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Must read/listen

I liked the book alot... it appeals to my notion of how a leader should be... Though people say this notion of leadership is idealist and not possible to achieve... at least people around us will be happy when we try.... that's more than the motivation required for me...

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Leadership must read

This book taught me a lot about leadership and I will continue to refer it many more times in life when I am in doubt. Thanks Simon for this thought provoking masterpiece.

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For building deep understanding

Simon Sinek has so much to say. He has created wonderful depth about leadership, motivation, empathy, neurons. One can't get enough in one reading or listening. At times he goes off track in his willingness to pack everything..Great reading.

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Great to hear about Brain Chemicals and bonding

loved the way Simon recited it and made an impact. Next step is to practice and implement these learning to mentor my team . Thanks Simon

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Exceptional book on leadership

I really like the delivery of Simon Sinek's Voice. The book was published in 2013 & I heard it now. It is something everyone who wants to lead should read or listen. I know I have.

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Worth listening.

Storytelling is awesome. Definitely we need to imbide in our life to become successful. Thank you Simon Sinek for your valuable time and efforts.

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Inspirational!

Loved it. Smooth easy reading. Decodes human behaviour. Touched a cord. Narration is full of emotion.

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Excellent , clear and straight from Simon's voice!

Straight from Simon, can't be more clear and straight , loved the narration and examples - heari again n again !

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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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  • 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

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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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  • Keith Tan
  • 16-10-18

Brilliant and easy to apply

So many easy to understand ideas that was shared. Will definitely apply and implement some of these ideas within my family and team.

Highly recommended!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.<br />

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Zak
  • 18-05-17

amazing book

both books work really well together but I prefered this to his last ... it teaches us all about how the brain functions and with common knowledge on your field it is easily applied to make a positive difference .... thanks to simon and thanks to oxytocin 😀

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-19

It’s addictive

I loved this book this first time and took in so much more on the second listen. Well performed and great perspective. It shows us that we don’t have to dream of the “perfect” leader but we can embody it and lead by example ourselves.

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  • Andrew A Bowden
  • 11-09-19

Not worth the time

Book is really two parts a socialist manifesto and a how to deal with millennials guide. Interesting but the first bit is a bit selective in case studies for example Apple as a successful company (and they are) but ignores how they get there Steve Jobs did not respect his people and not sure he ate last.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-19

let's all be the leaders we would like to have

As usual really inspiring words from Simon Sinek and really nice to have him read them

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-07-19

refreshing to listen

enjoying the stories, examples and comments of various leadership styles.
have listening again and again

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  • Michael H
  • 22-06-19

Almost every workplace will benefit from this book

Today so many people are unhappy with their work, this profound book offers lots of useful and practical advice to not only make work places better but also more profitable.

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  • Daniel
  • 17-06-19

Exceptional deeper lessons on leadership

I've read countless leadership books, ones that delve into the various aspects and duplicable qualities to practice and skills top work on.

This book has added so much to that paradigm by exploring eras in history and the changes that technology has wrought upon business and leadership models especially through the last century.

This book is so helpful, in fact critical, in today's world and I found that it was the answer to and validation of so many beliefs and notions I feel had become evident in my own research and work in this area.

The way Simon then takes the next step into the world of our young and the high risk of addiction we all face at a time that has never been overflowing with such distraction is the most helpful factual part of the book.

I come away from my reading of it with a number of people to pass this onto that I normally share such great work with along with practical actionable steps I can take in my business and with my family and friends to teach and communicate to help them embrace why this is helpful material for them to be a part of implementing.

Thank you so much for doing this important work.