Ever wonder why some teams work together effortlessly while others flounder? Ever wonder why your boss throws you under the bus after you make an enormous effort? Or why politicians spend so much time making every promise under the sun on the campaign trail, and then rarely remembers those promises when in office? The key to every question is strong leadership. Using analogies from the military, business world, and even politics, Mr. Sinek makes a powerful argument about why leaders should always put those under their command ahead of themselves. In the Marines, the leader always eats last, and the author argues that this is how true leaders should behave. Real leadership is tough, self-sacrificing, and very few people are stand-up leaders these days. Mr. Sinek doesn’t just explore the board room but also takes us on a journey across the past several decades of American life – from the Greatest Generation to the Millennials and everything in between. How our instant gratification of Amazon and Facebook has driven us apart, made us more individualistic, and less caring of others. Why the GE of Jack Welch (which was famous for ruthless layoffs and a relentless pace) was lesser than the slow, steady, employee-centric vision of the Costco founder. Whether a team succeeds or fails rests almost entirely on the leader that helps them get there (or not).
It is not difficult to see why this is one of Amazon’s top 15 best-selling business books of all time. This is applied psychology at its best – the kind that plays out in a variety of scenarios across decades. It provides an excellent blueprint for how to find a boss that IS a true leader (and maybe why your current one isn’t), how to be a better leader to those under your care, and why being self serving for short-term gain is frequently as foolish as it sounds.
I couldn’t recommend this one enough.
Amazon link is here.