Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

“When it matters, leaders choose to eat last.”

When you look at humanity through the eyes of evolution, things are really interesting. Humans are incredibly different from others animals. The thing that really separates us is our ability to cooperate and work together. It is simply unmatched. Human teamwork has created huge civilizations and amazing scientific discoveries. We spend a good part of our life working for the good of others while other work for our good. It is quite amazing.

In Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek explores this unique ability to work together and how leaders make that happen. Sinek examines the chemicals that course through our veins; the ones that tell us we are happy, sad, angry or stressed. These emotions are the ones leaders must move with and against to create change.

This is a great book. I assumed that the book would focus more on the concept of leaders humbling themselves and putting others first. Though that is a theme, it was not highlighted very brightly. A more accurate title would be the The Chemicals of Leadership.

Sinek is a great author. He is interesting and easy to read. I would recommend this book.

Here are a few great quotes:

“Leadership is about taking responsibility for lives and not numbers.”

“All we need are leaders to give us a good reason to commit ourselves to each other.”

“Let us all be the leaders we wish we had.”