Bloguettes Book Club: Leaders Eat Last

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"Company culture is an indirect reflection of the company's leaders." We read the book Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek and learned a TON. Read the review here!

For the month of October, our co-founder, Lorena, read Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek. (You might recognize the name of the author if you read our blog post about 5 TED Talks For Leaders).

The book is about leadership and how leadership affects the company culture, your employees, your reputation, and everything else in between. See what Lorena thought about the book and if this should be the next read on your list of books for the fall!

Is the book only for people in leadership roles?

No! Leaders Eat Last is great for people in a management position, and it is geared towards decision makers, but it’s not restricted to owners of companies. Everyone is a leader in their own way, so even if you’re not in a management position, there is a lot you can learn from the book.

What can employees take away from this book?

The book mentions a 2010-2011 study where they found out 1 in 3 employees consider leaving their jobs. That is a lot of people not liking what they do. In reality though, not a lot of people quit because they need their job and sometimes feel like they don’t have a better option.

For any employees that read the book, if you don’t like your job, look for a place where you are valued and are happy. There is a job out there where you can have both. Don’t stay stuck in a situation you don’t want to be in because you won’t be giving it your all. By not giving it your all, you won’t feel satisfied which will affect yourself and your company.

Company culture is an indirect reflection of the company's leaders.

What is the premise of the book?

The book is about how leadership affects company culture. Basically, the culture of a company is an indirect reflection of the company’s leader(s). It’s true that leadership comes from the top, but at the same time, it seeps into management and then permeates into the whole company.

If you have a good culture and a safe environment, your employees are willing to work harder and are more loyal to you and your company. It goes over different styles of leadership and how each style affects employees, and how that, in turn, affects overall performance.

What does the book have to say about work environment?

The work environment you are in is everything. If you feel encouraged, valued, and significant, you thrive. Employees are much less likely to thrive when they feel unmotivated or are scared due to instability. Being scared is the most demotivating emotion in the workplace because it makes you the least motivated. You won’t your share ideas, you won’t make decisions, and you won’t take initiative because you’re constantly afraid you’re going to lose your job.

How do you plan on applying the knowledge you learned?

I want to always be mindful that our team here at Bloguettes is our number one priority. If our employees feel safe and happy, they’ll have better results. As leaders of the company, we always try to put our people first and lead by example!

Have you read Leaders Eat Last? What were your thoughts? We’re always open to book suggestions, so if you have a favorite book you think we should read, drop us a comment below!