When it comes to the subject of leadership, advice is a dime a dozen. There is an endless sea of books, blog posts, and self-help speeches that purport to teach leaders how to make their teams succeed. Yet few pause to consider the most important question of all: What is a leader? In his landmark book, Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek answers this crucial and complex question.
In an argument that draws upon psychology, biology, and real world case studies, Sinek concludes that mutual trust is the cornerstone of all successful organisations. He demonstrates how managers and executives can inspire workers to reach maximum potential by fulfilling their side of a fundamental social contract—a contract whose rules have been hard-wired into our bodies and minds via countless years of evolutionary necessity.
But in a modern business world where executive’s all-too-often sacrifice the welfare of workers for their own personal benefit, true leaders are in short supply. As a result, many employees simply aren’t motivated to help their companies succeed. In 2012, 56% of corporate failures were linked to poor management. Meanwhile, 30% of workers in the UK are dissatisfied with their jobs, and companies are suffering from a steady loss of productivity. Clearly, we need better leadership.
Based on Sinek’s research, this infographic charts a course for would-be leaders to follow. What you find here will probably surprise you, because it turns out that many traditional corporate practices actually undermine the physiological effects that fuel passion amongst employees.
So read on to learn how companies like Google build phenomenal teams within unconventional workplaces, while rigid corporate offices stifle innovation and tear apart teams with their unnatural infrastructures. By orienting your working habits to reflect the values and biological needs that motivate us, you can transform your business into a powerful social organism—one in which enthusiastic employees work together to overcome challenges. When leaders eat last, everyone eats better.
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