Book Review: Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
My daughter loaned me this book after she read it as part of her leadership training in the U.S. Air Force. With a Ph.D. in business, focused on organizational leadership, along with a few decades of leadership experience in the U.S. Navy, I’ve read a lot of leadership books. Leadership is my passion, which is why I took an interest in this book, and why I can offer my highest recommendation to anyone who wants to learn more about this important, timely, and relevant subject.
I appreciated the historical perspective offered by Sinek. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, I felt like I was viewing that period of time through a different lens based on the eloquent way in which Sinek shares how leadership decisions made during that period influenced our nation and the world for many generations. Some of the repercussions from those decisions are still being felt today.
I also appreciated the scientific approach that Sinek took when describing the physical reactions we experience from the chemicals serotonin, oxytocin, dopamine, and endorphins. Most of us are familiar with these physical chemical reactions; however, Sinek provides a very interesting approach to exploring how they influence teams and their leaders. Some of the details in this section began to get a little deep for my tastes, but overall, the information was presented in an interesting and informative manner.
Finally, I enjoyed the practical applications offered, especially those related to millennials. As the national director for Navy media outreach, I work with millennials every day at our headquarters near Memphis and interview millennials serving in the Navy around the world. There’s some disagreement about the accuracy of generational descriptions, but based on Sinek’s explanations, I believe he does a good job of describing the unique nature of millennials without over-generalizing the individuals who now make up the largest segment of our U.S. population.
As a lifelong learner, I’m always open to new approaches to subjects upon which I have some expertise. Leaders Eat Last is a great example of how this open approach can pay off for leaders who refuse to grow too old to learn new tricks.
This book review was completed by Alvin Plexico, PhD. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I asked to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”