Leaders Eat Last Notes – Quick Take

I made a goal in 2019 to read a book a week, which for me is quite the stretch as I’m naturally a slow reader. In fact, I’ve struggled with “read a book a month” in the past, so I’m hoping this goal will help to improve my reading times drastically.

With quick reads comes quick summaries, so here’s my brief take on Simon Sinek’s Leaders Eat Last.


One Sentence Summary: Good Overall message, way too long.

Simon’s one of my favorite speakers. He’s captivating, charismatic, and a world-class story-teller. Unfortunately, his writing tends to be overly drawn-out, as if he’s trying *too hard* to bring home a point. This book was roughly 280 pages, but could have easily been 50. The last 8-10 chapters were very, very, very, redundant. (like this sentence!)

The message of the book, however, is fantastic! Simon studies humans (and leadership) on an anthropological-level, to show how leadership should look in today’s corporate America and what that would *feel* like to the group or company organization. Simon discusses how, biologically; through chemicals in the body such as Endorphins, Dopamine, Serotonin and Oxytocin, we are designed to be social beings with leaders who exist to look out for the protection of the tribe; not for self-preservation.

Now, several leadership books talk about how or why a Leader should put their team’s needs before their own, but what’s unique to Simon’s take is that he shows how doing so effects our bodies *chemically* (Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, Cortisol, etc.), which quite literally, has profound effects on our physical and mental health. Simon makes a pretty compelling case for Leadership as a means to combat and/or improve the literal health of the PEOPLE inside the organization, not just the *health of the organization itself* as most books do. If you’re into health and wellness, or believe that improving as a leader will help you both personally and professionally, this book is for you.

My advice? Read the first 10 chapters or so and move on to your next read. The chapters on ENDSO and Cortisol are must-reads, the last few chapters are wasted paper.

Full Notes on the book HERE.