Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last

About this presentation

In this in-depth talk, ethnographer and leadership expert Simon Sinek reveals the hidden dynamics that inspire leadership and trust. In biological terms, leaders get the first pick of food and other spoils, but at a cost. When danger is present, the group expects the leader to mitigate all threats even at the expense of their personal well-being. Understanding this deep-seated expectation is the key difference between someone who is just an "authority" versus a true "leader."

For more on this topic, check out Sinek's latest book Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't now available for pre-order.

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3:30 Happiness breakdown (4 chemicals)
5:53 1) Endorphins
7:16 Importance of endurance
7:59 2) Dopamine
8:19 Dopamine is to make sure get stuff done
9:10 Goals must be tangible - we have to see the goal to stay focused
10:17 Dopamine is dangerous when unbalanced
15:07 Feel safe
15:40 In our organization, danger isn't a constant it is a variable
17:05 The responsibility of leadership is 2 things: 1) Determine who gets in and who doesn't 2) how big do we make the circle of safety
17:33 Great leaders extend safety to the outermost of the org
17:53 3) Serotonin - leadership chemical
19:30 Trying to enforce relationships
22:22 Value of group-living
22:28 Being alpha comes at a cost
26:01 The cost of leadership is self-interest
27:15 Makes you feel safe
27:34 4) Oxytocin
29:03 Businesses aren't rational, it's about feeling safe. "It's human -- physical touch"
29:27 "Human bonds matter"
29:29 Act of human generosity
32:19 Leaders spend time/energy not money
37:30 You have to make sure you can trust others as leaders because you won't have time to help everyone
38:47 Cortisone - the feeling of stress and anxiety
40:59 Needs to shut down during times
41:42 Cortisone inhabits oxytocin
42:18 "Our jobs are killing us.. leaders are responsible"
43:12 Leadership is a decision, a choice.

About Simon Sinek

A trained ethnographer and the author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek has held a life-long curiosity for why people and organizations do the things they do. Studying the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in the world and achieve a more lasting success than others, he discovered the formula that explains how they do it.

Sinek's amazingly simple idea, The Golden Circle, is grounded in the biology of human decision-making and is changing how leaders and companies think and act.

His innovative views on business and leadership have earned him invitations to meet with an array of leaders and organizations, including Microsoft, Dell, SAP, Intel, Chanel, Members of the United States Congress, and the Ambassadors of Bahrain and Iraq.

Sinek recently became an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He also works with the non-profit Education for Employment Foundation to help create opportunities for young men and women in the Middle East region. He lives in New York, where he teaches graduate level strategic communications at Columbia University.

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  1. Richard Brown 1

    Disagreed. Sinek doesn't make scientific sense. Diabetes is on the rise because of genetics and a bad diet.

  2. Cloudy Baby 0

    Fantastic. I can't stop listening.

  3. Margie Salazar 0

    Awesome! You have changed my perspective in many ways, GOD bless :)

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  5. Steven Zin 0

    Simon, you should teach Elon Musk how to do presentation.
    Such a great presenter you are!

  6. santosh reddy 1

    You can't argue with science. that makes the speech more inspiring

  7. Lisa Murphy 1

    One of my all time favourite talks I've ever heard. Simon Sinek is a beauty.

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  9. halburd1 1

    so much BS in this. So this explains why hitler grew from bum(no one liked him could not get in art school or buy his paintings) to soldier (all his fellow soldier thought he was weird) to german leader? he was a great people person? LOL!

  10. Camden Dexter 0

    I love the speaker, he has a great energy and knows how to tell a story. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the sloppy facts he threw in. For example, menstrual cycles do not sync up over time.

  11. jrbaboon 1

    Women´s cycles do not synchronise, it is an urban myth:

  12. Yvonne McCarley 0

    "We all deserve a styrofoam cup"

  13. Natassa Pei 1

    I love this guy!

  14. KBinturong 0

    Can you add the possibility to add subtitles ? Thanks

  15. Hosam Mazawi 1

    He is not speaker he is Leader :)

  16. Alex Hansen 0

    These people all laugh during his explanation of cell phone addiction when really, it's fucking serious and sad.

  17. louise 1

    This is and was absolutely entertaining. He IS a great speaker and insightful. I love how is British accent creeps out sneakily.

  18. SikerGuru 0

    he is so funny :) great info, thanks

  19. Jay Sims 1

    great speaker love the way he uses comparisons to help us understand