On Dec. 06, 2013, TED talk presented Simons Sinek’s video, How Great Leaders Inspire Action, viewed over 33 million times online in 45 different languages. It is the third most watched TED talk ever.
In 2016, Simon Sinek published his second and illustrated smallest book, Together is Better. Besides his other three publications, Start with Why (2011), Leaders Eat Last (May 23, 2017), and Find Your Why (Sept. 5, 2017), he also has presented numerous speaking engagements.
His second powerful TED talk, Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe (March 2014) expands on inspirational leaders that Simon Sinek compares to parenting:
- Parents would never ‘lay off’ any child during a loss of income
- Parents want the best for their child
Sinek goes on to castigate leaders as authorities with no heart.
“Leadership is a choice. It is not a rank. I know many people at the senior most levels of organizations who absolutely are not leaders. They are authorities, and we do what they say, because they have authority over us, but we would not follow them.”
Sinek’s little illustrated book Together is Better is a metaphor (or parable) of three children in a playground. The story is fascinating for its simplicity but profound in its message, full of statements that demand reflection, though it takes only about half an hour to read.
Why Together is Better
- “Fulfillment comes when we live our lives on purpose” (p. 6) introduces Simon’s insights into
- “Leaders give us a chance to try and fail; then give us another chance to try and succeed” (p. 32).
- “A great leader inspires us to have confidence in what we can do” (p. 68).
- “The value of our lives is determined by what we do for others” (p. 79).
- “A boss has the title; a leader has the people” (p.98).
- “A leader must be inspired by the people before a leader can inspire people” (p. 113).
- “The joy of leadership comes from seeing someone on our team achieve more than they” (p. 139).
One of Sinek’s closing remarks on p. 131 says, “There is a whole section in bookshops called ‘Self Help’ but nothing called ‘Other Help’. His basic concept of leadership is servant leadership. His books and videos are truly inspirational – what genuinely great leaders must be.
Simon Sinek’s online videos and books are very rewarding for anyone dealing with people, whether colleague or administrator.
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