ELEVATE 05: Lead to Win
You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. - Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last
Be the leader you want to see and the one you want to work for. Leadership is probably the most important factor in business, sports, church, and military. If you are working in change or lean leadership roles, it is essential for building the right culture and achieving the sustainable results we all seek.
Great leaders are not born, they are built. Leaders Eat Last paints a vivid picture of leadership and may change your paradigm on how you view leadership and how you operate as a lean leader. Sinek highlights good leadership versus bad throughout the book and some key lessons for lean leadership can be extracted for application. In The personal focus area, we touch on purpose and how it can impact your leadership style and approach.
The Impact Summary
Leaders Eat Last is an impactful read that highlights some great leadership principles and describes why we often fall short as leaders, as teams, and as cultures. Some of the key points covered include:
- Empathy matters. Leaders care about and lead people, not numbers.
- Leader should focus on building and growing the people and they in turn will build and grow the business.
- As people, we crave the feeling of safety and belonging. Creating this is key to building a high performing and sustainable culture.
- We can’t ignore human biology. Our hormones control how we feel, think, and act.
- Culture is crucial for defining the company but leadership defines cultures.
- As leaders, we must lead with integrity first, always be accountable, focus on relationships and inspire others through vision and inclusion.
There are so many lessons throughout the book that can help you as a lean leader or if you are tasked with leading others or facilitating change. Let’s unpack it further.