Too many workplaces are driven by cynicism, paranoia, and self-interest. But the best ones foster trust and cooperation. Sinek says it’s because some leaders build a “Circle of Safety” and it separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside.
Imagine a world like this: Almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. Is it that crazy? Today, in many successful organizations you have great leaders that create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.
In his work, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. But no matter what incentives are offered to some other teams, they are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why?
The answer suddenly became clear during a conversation with a Marine Corps general who said “Officers eat last”. Sinek watched as the most junior Marines ate first while the most senior Marines took their place at the back of the line. What’s symbolic in this situation is deadly serious on the battlefield: Great leaders sacrifice their own comfort – even their own survival – for the good of those in their care.
Sinek illustrates his ideas with true stories that range from militar, big business, government to investment banking.
Main Take Aways
Empathy Is One Of The Most Powerful Tools In An Organization
Your Employees Aren’t Robots, Treat Them Like People
Being A Leader Is Like Being A Parent
Create a Circle Of Safety
We’re Built To Work Together
The Incentive System Of Mother Nature
Reality Is Way Different From Ideal Leadership
Abstraction and Dehumanization Are Two Biggest Problems of Today’s World
About the Author
Simon is an unshakeable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon has devoted his professional life to help advance a vision of the world that does not yet exist; a world a which the vast majority of people wake up every single morning inspired, feel safe wherever they are, and end the day fulfilled by the work they do.