The leader on any team is the person who sets the pace for the rest of the team members to follow. While there are many guides on how to improve personal leadership skills, very rarely does the guide provide details on how to bring out the absolute best in everyone else. In Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, author Simon Sinek details how great leaders build a “Circle of Safety” for their teams which then empowers their teams to thrive. Sinek proposes that the “Circle of Safety” leads to team members who feel confident and stable in their positions, and they are able to direct all of their energies to seizing the large opportunities and defeating the common enemy.
Sinek uses examples from a wide range of industries in order to highlight the points in Leaders Eat Last. He also provides additional fortitude to his points by highlighting the chemical and biological changes that people experience when they are in situations of safety, and alternatively in situations of threat, and expertly parallels these biological changes to the workplace. Sinek emphasizes that when leaders create safe environments for their teams to thrive, their biology will naturally agree and allow them to surmount almost any challenge. The environment will quell threats from cynicism, paranoia and self-interest and will instead be a cooperative and comfortable place, one where Leaders Eat Last.
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