• Leaders Eat Last

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (250 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Leaders Eat Last, written and read by Simon Sinek.

Simon Sinek's recent video on 'The Millennial Question' went viral with over 150 million views. In Leaders Eat Last, Sinek explores how leaders can inspire cooperation and change, and focuses on the millennial generation in the workplace.

Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work. This is not a crazy, idealised notion. In many successful organisations, great leaders are creating environments in which teams trust each other so deeply that they would put their lives on the line for each other.

Yet other teams, no matter what incentives were offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why?

Today's workplaces tend to be full of cynicism, paranoia and self-interest. But the best organisations foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a Circle of Safety. It separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside. Everyone feels they belong and all energies are devoted to facing the common enemy and seizing big opportunities.

As in Start with Why, Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories, from the military to manufacturing, from government to investment banking. He shows that leaders who are willing to eat last are rewarded with deeply loyal colleagues who will stop at nothing to advance their vision. It's amazing how well it works.

©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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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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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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Relevant

From distracting technology to millennials, the book offers a unique insight to the current work environment.

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A must listen

A must listen for all those in leadership roles and even not in those roles.

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Excellent!

There are so many extremely valuable points to take from every single chapter of this book, I will read it again and again. I feel inspired!

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Insightful

really enjoyed the book. the firts half was a bit difficult to work through, and the writer's analytical nature provides almost information overload. But once the connections are made it started to make sense. Practical examples are provided which makes everyday application easy. I hope this book can inspire leaders to make the changes its society requires. Thank you Mr. Sinek.

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Leadership is practiced

Loved the examples based on researched. Makes it real. Insightful book which will form part of my continued journey of why and leadership in coaching and mentoring. Thank you Simon.

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Revolutionary

Simon's perspective on leaders is revolutionary and novel in redefining the future of work and business

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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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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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  • JedHoll
  • 08-27-17

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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  • Brothwell Family
  • 07-03-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-17

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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  • 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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  • Andrew Stewart
  • 08-24-17

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
  • 08-21-17

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
  • 07-02-17

Brilliant, Insightful and Inspiring!

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

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  • Michael
  • 06-23-17

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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  • Neil
  • 06-05-17

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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  • scottlally
  • 11-23-16

loved it

great book well worth a listen. starting the book from the beginning straight away. thanks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-17

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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  • Derick
  • 09-29-17

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
  • 12-11-16

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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  • madmax
  • 01-03-21

Why Leaders eat last

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

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  • Daniel
  • 06-17-19

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.

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  • a-cbates
  • 01-10-22

Glad another has the same opinions as me

I spent the majority of my time listening while nodding in agreement. Disappointed the acknowledgements were not included in the recording.

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  • anthony
  • 12-09-21

fantastic ideas 🙌

this is an important read for leaders and the lead and the interested. 5 stars

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  • ROWENA
  • 08-31-21

Every Business Owner/Manager needs to listen

Make sure you listed to the authors first book then come to this one. The information is valuable to a productive & thriving business.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-21

Great book for leaders

Another masterpiece by Simon, well thought out book and a lot of good examples to understand his phylosophy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-16-17

Meh

Not a great read (listen).
Lots of stuff about big corporations etc and not much practical advice for people other than those who are leaders of big businesses.
A little disappointing after the excellent and very practical 'Start With Why'.

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