This month is all about leadership! I have read 7 books, however these were my top 3 that was worth writing about 4U! I really think you should all read it!
Let me know what you think about them if you have already read them!
Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
Another amazing book just like “Start with the Why.”
This book makes a really good point about leadership! Every single amazing company was lead and not managed.
Yet a good number of our educational institutions and training programs today are not focused only on developing great leaders but also training effective managers.
Unfortunately, the short-term gains are viewed as the mark of success while the long-term organizational growth and viability are simply the bill payers.
This book “Leaders Eat Last” is an effort to change that belief.
Simon has a huge purpose with this book/movement. His aim is to make the world a better place for all of us. To create a new generation of men and women who understand that an organization’s success or failures are based on the leadership excellence and not the managerial acumen.
This is why Simon uses the United States Marine Corps to explain the importance of leaders being focused on their people. These organizations have strong cultures and shared values, understand the importance of teamwork, create trust among their members, maintain focus ad, and most importantly, understands the importance of people and relationships to their mission success.
After then, you will learn about the circle of trust/safety and its importance, and most importantly, how and why you create it! The big problem is that most leaders only extend the benefit of the “Circle of Safety” to their fellow executive team. They look out for each other but they don’t offer the same consideration outside of their inner circle, and without the protection of the leader, everyone outside of the circle will work on their own groups or even alone for their own benefit and not as a team.
And that never works.
He did a great job by pointing out that hiring someone is like adopting a child into your home. You wouldn’t do that based on the child’s skill set alone, you would be sure about the cultural fit to your family.
I like all the studies he points out to make a point, instead of just saying things. Simon also goes deeper into the work/health environment and breaks down some of the work misconceptions like people who work at higher levels on the ladder have more stress and die younger called the “executive stress syndrome” while according to research, it is the people below the leader that have way more stress and unhappiness in their jobs which also affects their home as well! 1/3 of people wants to quit between 4th and 1st quarter and the bigger problem is that only 1.5% actually does. The rest stays around, hangs out and pull down other people around them as they are miserable.
Companies cannot save the numbers before saving their people! The only way to fix this by building and maintaining a circle of safety.
E.D.S.O. For success & happiness!
💪ENDORPHINS: Or in other words the “runner high” we experience it after exercise. The heavier the exercise is, the more “feel good” reward we are getting!
💪Laughing also helps you to release endorphins! Laugh & Workout
🎯DOPAMINE: is the good feeling we get when we find what we looking for or when we get something accomplished! The bigger the goal, the bigger the accomplishment, and the more dopamine we get! This is why it really feels good to work hard to accomplish something difficult while doing something easy might just boring... and why most people hate their job.... push yourself to the limits daily!
🎉SEROTONIN: The leadership chemical! It is responsible for the feeling of pride. It’s the feeling we get when others like or respect us. More than confidence boosting, it raises our status. It makes us feel strong, like we can do anything!
We want to feel that we and the work we do are valued by others. If we could get this feeling alone, we would not have: college graduation parties, Facebook likes, YouTube views.....
❤️OXYTOCIN: It is the feeling of friendship, love or deep trust. It is the feeling we get in the company of our closest friends or trusted colleagues. It is a social compass that determines when it’s safe to open up and trust or when we should hold back. It is giving someone the power to destroy us and trusting that they won’t use it against us. This takes time and energy to achieve with your team, and make it a goal to get to that level!
If we feel safe at home but we don’t feel safe at work, then we will suffer what we perceive to be a work-life imbalance. If we have strong relationships at home and work, if we feel like we belong, if we feel protected in both, then the powerful forces of magical chemicals line oxytocin can diminish effects of stress and cortisol!
With trust, we do things for each other. We have a feeling of comfort and confidence at work that reduces stress we feel because we don’t feel our well-being is being threatened.
Mostly, you will learn that the most important thing is when leaders give us something noble to be part of, offer us a compelling purpose or reason why we should come to work, something that will be all I would leave us it seems to give us the power to do the right thing when called upon, even if we have to make sacrifices to our comfort in short term. And when a leader embraces their responsibility to care for people instead of caring for numbers, then people will follow in solving problems and ensure that the leader’s version comes to life the right way which is a Stable way, not the expedient way.
Together is Better by Simon Sinek
Together is Better is a little book of inspiration and sometimes, that’s all you need. Success is 30% work and 70% internal processes within you and you only. Just like working out and nutrition!
Let’s start out with this brilliant quote on the back of the book! Just that alone should make you purchase this 140 pages of joy!
“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.”
Most of us live our lives by accident we live as it happens. Fulfillment comes only when we live our lives on purpose!
What are you going to do with your life? What are you doing with your life now? Do you have goals? A vision? A clear sense of why you do what you do?
Almost everyone knows someone who has grappled with at least one of those questions. The answers can often seem elusive or uncertain.
Though there are many paths to follow into the unknown future there is one way that dramatically increases the chances we will enjoy the journey. To travel with someone we trust!
We can try to build a successful career or a happy life alone but why would we???
Together is better! And that is what this book is all about!
The book starts out by explaining the concept, our heroes and the places it’s going to take you with a metaphor like a playground to represent the organization we work for especially the ones with the unhealthy work environment. The king of the playground represents our boss or our company who seem to care more about the numbers than people, who lead by intimidation or simply have no idea of how to create a place where we inspired to come to work every single day! The playground politics are the office politics that many of us experience in our jobs on a daily basis. We go to a place where gossip, blame shifting and self-interest have overrun shared vision, trust, and cooperation!
And like the kids on the playground, most of us put up with it... its fine we say... when someone asks how do we like our job? Not great, just fine.
So if any of the above has anything to do with you or your company, you must pick up this short read! It might just change you and your company’s culture for the good!
Oh and I love the animation and the smell of the pages :)
Lastly, I will just leave you with this: if you say your job is something you don’t plan on doing forever, then why are you doing it now?
If I win the lottery, I won’t quit my job. I would work for free every day! That being said, I have already won the lottery of life!
The CEO Next Door by Elena L. Botelho and Kim R. Powel
This book is Based on an in-depth analysis of over 2,600 leaders drawn from a database of more than 17,000 CEOs and C-suite executives, as well as 13,000 hours of interviews, and two decades of experience advising CEOs and executive boards, Elena L. Botelho and Kim R. Powell overturn the myths about what it takes to get to the top and succeed.
Their groundbreaking research was the featured cover story in the May-June 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review. It reveals the common attributes and counterintuitive choices that set apart successful CEOs—lessons that we can apply to our own careers.
What I love most about this book is that they also use real CEO‘s and their name and their real stories on how they have accomplished what they did. Without doubts, there are some truly amazing people in this book that I have never heard of before but once I have learned about them I couldn’t believe they are not the next Jeff Bezos.
I highly recommend this book to everyone and not just the CEO’s but to everyone who plans on growing out of their current role and move up in their career. This book is really about that. It gives you a roadmap for the executive life.