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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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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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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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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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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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  • Sam
  • 18-12-2016

Boring ramble

I gave up after 6 chapters. So much ramble. if you want something to go to sleep to buy this book.

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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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  • Nic
  • 22-04-2018

Dopamine Seratonin Oxytocin Cotrisols.

Your brain is an addict. what you feed it, is what you are. Be more than your addiction

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Great book with lots of insight

Simon conveys his passion and research beautifully in his book. The topics for gen-x middle management are spot on. His articulation is easy to assimilate and the concepts are complex but made simple

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Great book. Even greater author/narrator. ☺

I recommend this to everyone. So much better than reading a book if you can actually listen to Simon narate his own message. Loved it. 😊

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informative,practical and applicable

Sinek does a great job to connect behavioral and evolutionary reasons to why organisations and managers act the way they do. Plenty of great real life examples, plenty of great techniques to overcome leadership pitfalls and holistic ways to foster leadership in yourself.

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  • Jason
  • 08-03-2018

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
  • 24-01-2018

Relevant

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

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  • Gerdien Hay
  • 09-06-2017

The truth, while truth and nothing but the truth

Taking it back to the dawn of man, it's all in the chemical make up of our beings. this book gives you clarity on how to deal with the teams you lead on a whole different level!

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  • Vishal S.
  • 01-06-2017

A must listen

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

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  • Umar
  • 30-05-2017

A must read for anyone striving to be, already are, or training new leaders

Simon emphasise strongly on empathy and we must take care of people for a company is simply a collection of people devoted to a cause.

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  • Jumanne
  • 18-05-2017

book of facts

too much information, little story telling.
book has lengthy and too many lessons loosing the listeners interest

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  • Sean
  • 18-05-2017

An eye opener. a book worth re-listening

Simon rocked this book. Enjoy his stories and intellect. even though the book is purely based on high level corporate... entrepreneurs can learn valuable lessons from this book

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  • Arno
  • 06-04-2017

Excellent confirmation

Excellent confirmation of what is the right things to do when leading a high performance team

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  • Wendy
  • 08-03-2017

Very interesting book

I relate to the ideas of this book but it always baffles me why current leaders have have no interest whatsoever on developing other human beings. I wonder if they are also reading some antithesis theory to Simon Sinek

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  • Braydan
  • 20-01-2017

Moving Beyond Belief - Not just theories, but proof

As fast as motivational, self development and business books go, I've read pretty much all of them. This book however, was the only one that actually backed up their "theories" with irrefutable scientific proof. A fantastic journey with so many great relevant stories, I truly believe this book contains the thinking and information that will have the greatest impact. Regardless if your reading it for personal or business, it's well worth the listen, and I hope it inspires you as much as it inspired me.

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  • JedHoll
  • 27-08-2017

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
  • 04-07-2017

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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  • Elaine Seidel
  • 02-07-2017

Brilliant, Insightful and Inspiring!

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

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  • Andrew Stewart
  • 24-08-2017

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
  • 21-08-2017

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
  • 05-06-2017

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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  • Zak
  • 18-05-2017

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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  • S. L. Johnson
  • 24-01-2017

Wishing I could share this with all company execs

Simon is a great storyteller, he'll lead you on a journey that will have your learning without you realizing. The use of stories to put across his point means it's easier to deeply internalize the learning and remember it.

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  • E. Pirrie
  • 03-01-2017

Not quite start with why, but still good

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, especially anyone who is in a leadership position.

What other book might you compare Leaders Eat Last to, and why?

It goes hand in hand with start with why by the same author.

Which character – as performed by Simon Sinek – was your favourite?

This is non-fiction, so no characters.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How to be the type of leader you would want to folllow.

Any additional comments?

Leaders eat last is a very good book and Simon Sinek is a fantastic orator. This one doesn't quite hit the 5 star mark of start with why, but it comes close.

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  • Michael
  • 23-06-2017

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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