Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Dont

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Dont

by Simon Sinek (Author)

The New York Times bestseller by the acclaimed, bestselling author of Start With Why and Together is Better. Now with an expanded chapter and appendix on leading millennials, based on Simon Sinek's viral video Millenials in the workplace (150+ million views).Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things. In his work with organizations around the world, Simon Sinek noticed that some teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why?The answer became clear during a conversation with a Marine Corps general. Officers eat last, he said. 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 the chow hall is deadly serious on the battlefield: Great leaders sacrifice their own comfort--even their own survival--for the good of those in their care.     Too many workplaces are driven by cynicism, paranoia, and self-interest. But the best ones foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a Circle of Safety that separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside.Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories that range from the military to big business, from government to investment banking.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek is a captivating and thought-provoking book that delves into the fundamental principles of leadership and teamwork. Sinek's unique insights, supported by real-world examples, shed light on why some teams thrive while others struggle.

Sinek emphasizes the significance of leaders putting the needs of their team members before their own. He argues that leaders who are willing to sacrifice their own interests for the benefit of the team foster a sense of trust, loyalty, and motivation among their followers. This creates a positive and collaborative work environment, leading to greater productivity and success.

Sinek draws on compelling stories from history, business, and sports to illustrate the impact of leadership on team dynamics. He highlights the importance of leaders who are able to clearly articulate their team's purpose and inspire others to work towards a common goal. Effective leaders, according to Sinek, are those who serve their teams, create a sense of belonging, and empower others to reach their full potential.

Key Takeaways:

  • Leaders must prioritize the well-being and success of their team members above their own interests.
  • Trust and loyalty are essential components of effective leadership.
  • Leaders should clearly communicate their team's purpose and inspire others to work towards a common goal.
  • Leaders should create a sense of belonging and empower their team members to reach their full potential.


Simon Sinek's book, Leaders Eat Last, offers invaluable insights into the art of leadership and teamwork. Sinek's emphasis on putting the team first and creating a positive and supportive work environment resonates with readers seeking to build successful and cohesive teams. This book is a must-read for leaders at all levels who desire to inspire, motivate, and achieve extraordinary results with their teams.