Inc. has a short list of four books you should have on you Christmas gift-giving list, and among them is Simon Sinek‘s Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together and teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, he’s is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.
He’s also the author of two other books, the most recent of which Find Your Why: A Practical Guide to Discovering Purpose for You or Your Team, guides businesses on finding their “why”.
Simon is one of the most respected and widely read business writers and thinkers working today. With insight like this, it’s not hard to see why. Simon suggests the book is more about biology than management theory and that’s definitely true. I’m fascinated with how teams perform, how personalities mix and skills blend together. Working in employer brand and talent attraction, I know how important it is that a company has a team that fits with each other and with the company’s culture. Simon discusses how great leaders put their teams first. He discusses building the “Circle of Safety”, which protects the team from the distractions of the outside world. Therefore, everyone feels that they belong and the energies of the team are all channeled towards achieving the company goals. This is a great book about building loyalty and empowering your teams to take ownership and drive innovation.