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, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.
In his work with organizations around the world, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why?
The answer became clear during a conversation with a Marine Corps general. "Officers eat last," he said. Sinek watched as the most junior Marines ate first while the most senior Marines took their place at the back of the line. What's symbolic in the chow hall is deadly serious on the battlefield: Great leaders sacrifice their own comfort--even their own survival--for the good of those in their care.
Too many workplaces are driven by cynicism, paranoia, and self-interest. But the best ones foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a "Circle of Safety" that separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside.
Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories that range from the military to big business, from government to investment banking.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Our Need to Feel Safe
1 Protection from Above 3
2 Employees Are People Too 10
3 Belonging 23
4 Yeah, but … 31
Part 2 Powerful Forces
5 When Enough Was Enough 40
6 E.D.S.O. 47
7 The Big C 65
8 Why We Have Leaders 77
Part 3 Reality
9 The Courage to Do the Right Thing 89
10 Snowmobile in the Desert 94
Part 4 How We Got Here
11 The Boom Before the Bust 101
12 The Boomers All Grown Up 112
Part 5 The Abstract Challenge
13 Abstraction Kills 121
14 Modern Abstraction 128
15 Managing the Abstraction 136
16 Imbalance 154
Part 6 Destructive Abundance
17 Leadership Lesson 1: So Goes the Culture, So Goes the Company 159
18 Leadership Lesson 2: So Goes the Leader, So Goes the Culture 171
19 Leadership Lesson 3: Integrity Matters 185
20 Leadership Lesson 4: Friends Matter 198
21 Leadership Lesson 5: Lead the People, Not the Numbers 208
Part 7 A Society of Addicts
22 At the Center of All Our Problems Is Us 227
23 At Any Expense 235
24 The Abstract Generation (Revised and Expanded) 243
Part 8 Becoming a Leader
25 Step 12 272
26 Shared Struggle 277
27 We Need More Leaders 286
Appendix: A Practical Guide to Leading Millenials 289
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is presented in a very common sense everyday approach that is both sensible and practical. Anyone who reads this book will go...ahh that makes so much sense.
This book was recommended by a friend and I did enjoy reading it. It gives specific information on leadership and explains how a leader should interact with staff.
Having been through Six-Sigma Lean education and training, I do appreciate this book. The concepts, ideas, and insights are very familiar and I agree! The narratives and examples are poignant and meaningful. I agree with the statement in the book, "Leadership is not a license to do less; it is a responsibility to do more." Easy to read. Easy to understand.
I love the insight and research into why we behave a certain way and how to lead because of these factors.
I recently had someone quote this idea to me, presuming that, because they ate last, they were somehow going to make good decisions for our team. However, when the bill came, this individual kinda looked around waiting for the troops to "engage". Frankly, the leader pays the tab. I don't care when he eats.
After being very impressed with "Start With Why" this book is very disappointing.