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VIDEO : Why Leaders Eat Last

Patrick McDonnell

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."

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Super valuable talk. I love how he talks about chemicals in the brain, the importance of human interaction, and building trust. The most amazing nugget I got from this, personally, was, how important it is to serve others in order to stop being addicted to performance. Ask people IN PERSON how you can help them. Get up from your desk- and stop answering questions with emails.

    • Patrick McDonnell

      Agreed! The best leaders I've ever met always put others needs before their own. In other words, leaders eat last.