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Review of Leaders Eat Last

This book exalts servant leadership, leaders who lead by serving followers, rather than by bossing people around. This concept is highly relevant to leadership in today's high trained workforce. I work in white-collar tech, so I find the lessons particularly useful. Here are my take-aways:

  1. In the marines leaders eat last. Followers give their trust and loyalty in return for protection. Leadership privilege comes at the expense of self interest.
  2. Leaders create a circle of safety. Leaders are in charge of who gets to join this circle of safety. New employees to a company are like new children to a family as they share resources of existing members. So choose carefully.
  3. Our biology allows us to do our best work when we are in a circle of safety. Think about human tribes, and how we solve problems better as a tribe than as individuals. Social hormones or 'love' hormones such as seratonin and oxytocin surges when we are in a circle of safety. These hormones help us establish trust with our fellow tribe members, reduces stress and boosts creativity.
  4. Leaders inspire others to learn more do more and become more.

5. Leaders not only affect employees, but their children as well. When it comes to parents jobs and children, a parent's available spare time to spend with a child is less important than the parent's attitude about his/her job. Children are more negatively affected by parents who hate their jobs, rather than by parents who love their jobs but spend little time with them. What matters is the parents' attitude and stress level when they arrive home after work.

This is a short sneak peak. The book has many entertaining stories to discover and is worth a read.

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