This article is part of a series of blog posts reviewing our list of top non-fiction titles. These are the books that are being read by large groups in The Pigeonhole’s Company Book Clubs (click for more information). Our carefully curated list includes titles on technology, wellness, psychology, politics, geopolitics, the workplace and the economy. Expect a new post showcasing our ever expanding list twice a month.
Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek
It is a truth universally acknowledged that people dread Mondays. It is on Mondays that people return to work— and work is, well, work. It often isn’t enjoyed. In fact, as Sinek notes, the Deloitte Shift Index finds that an enormous eighty per cent of people are dissatisfied with their jobs. Why?
It is this deeply important question that Sinek’s book, in a very engaging way, answers. It is a book packed full of inspirational accounts of people who take their work seriously while being willing to empathise. In so doing these leaders of their groups, companies, and fields help others to attain levels of happiness and productivity for which they could not previously even hope.
It is a book useful to anybody, at every level and every point in a career— but especially to those who lead, or who have aspirations to lead.
‘Returning from work feeling inspired, safe, fulfilled and grateful is a natural human right to which we are entitled and not a modern luxury that only a few lucky ones are able to find’, or so claims Sinek. From a vast range of businesses and industries, Sinek draws together a collage of workplace environments which were, previously, draining— but then changed. From each, he extracts the kernel of its success.
A close look at the culture in the Marines brings to light the knowledge that in a successful group, empathy is present and the workers trust their leaders; Sinek illustrates how this can be achieved. From an account of Barry-Wehmiller’s acquisition of the struggling HayssenSandiacre, Sinek demonstrates the importance of a consideration of workers’ sense of self-worth, and of the importance of an executive’s willingness to listen and act on their concerns.
Time and again, Sinek succeeds in lucidly demonstrating that companies willing to inspire workers’ affection, and to do so by listening to them and making small but reasonable sacrifices, become more successful than they previously were. They gain a better employee retention rate, become more profitable, and are more productive.
Simon Sinek is the embodiment of the modern multicultural thinker. He has lived in London, Johannesburg, Hong Kong and the United States, and his academic background, having studied Law at London and Anthropology at Brandeis, has given him an ideal standpoint from which to analyse human interactions and systems. He has experience at Ogilvy & Mather, has taught Strategic Communications at Columbia University, and has also consulted for Disney, Microsoft, Pfizer and the US Military. His TED talk How Great Leaders Inspire Action, viewed nearly forty million times, is the third most popular of all time.
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