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Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last

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The next guest on The School of Greatness has been studying leadership and what it takes to make the impossible a reality for years.  He has worked with top level CEOs, military leaders and everything in between to understand what separates organizations that thrive with those that only survive.

You might know him from his wildly successful TED talk, Start with Why, which is one of the most watched of all time.  So welcome to the 50th episode of the show with Simon Sinek.

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Simon Sinek on the School of Greatness podcast with Lewis Howes

“The single greatest asset you have as a listener is empathy.” Simon Sinek

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The Amazing Story of Where the Title Came From
  • Marine Corp. Lessons on Leadership
  • The Single Most Profound Quality for Excellence in Leadership
  • The Role of Vulnerability in Leadership
  • The Remarkable Trait of Presidential Leadership in America
  • Ego and Conceit - Where Most People Get it Wrong
  • The 2 Defining Events that Led Simon into the Study of Leadership
  • Early lessons of Start with Why: Show up to Give.
  • Core Traits of Effective Leaders
  • To Cultivate Brilliant Active Listening
  • One of the Easiest Tricks for Effective Listening
  • About Leadership Potential vs. Marriage
  • Plus much more…

“Leadership has nothing to do with rank or position. You can be at the bottom and absolutely be a leader.”

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  • Music Credit: Bass Talk by Synclan & Rufio

“Empathy is the motivation for anything”

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What do you think about achieving a huge vision while having a great marriage?  Are having both possible, or do you think making a lifetime commitment to a partner is a distraction from achieving your deepest desires for greatness?

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42 comments
amymakechnie
amymakechnie

I really enjoyed listening to the podcast while running this morning; great interview! I was especially interested in Simon's idea of what true greatness really is - helping others be great. As a mother of four young children, I often struggle with feeling "great" and wonder about my contribution to the world. Yet there is no other happiness that has come close to the feeling I have when I'm serving my family and watching my kids and husband become "great" because of what I have done for them. Aren't we all who we are because of others? Parenthood may not "rank" up there with CEO of GE, but that's just the world talking. Thanks for the affirmation and some great talking points.

DreamCntrlMedia
DreamCntrlMedia

Really loved this interview Lewis. Great to hear Simons insights on this,esp in regards to marriage & family. I think it's absolutely crucial both people in a partnership are clear on their own purpose & have a relationship vision/mission together. Unfortunately if one partner isn't following their passion it can cause issues if the other one is.A relationship is leverage to help you grow & evolve & support each other in achieving what you both feel you have to, become better people together... When people really love each other there has to be freedom to be able to follow each persons own purpose without the other giving them a hard time because their desires don't match. Unfortunately most people don't look at the 'raising a child' part or discuss a 'relationship vision' . And it's definitely different for women than men due to the biology. But speaking from my own experience, I made a choice to reach more people with my message and purpose (over having babies & settling down) and although its been hard at times, I dont regret it. It doesn't mean I don't want those things but the work I m doing has the potential to impact & change millions of lives and I know it's my destiny. The bigger picture was/is more important than my family desires. I m trusting if the marriage/kids etc is meant to be it will but with someone in alignment with the bigger picture. Who understands this is something I feel compelled to do & is living their own purpose so resentment doesn't kick in. But most men don't have to make a choice so early in life compared to women. Exactly what I needed to hear yet again. Thanks Lewis.

LisaVuu
LisaVuu

Just stumbled upon this site, and it's way better than any other entrepreneur/leadership site out there. This interview with Simon was ace and so was the one with James Altucher I'm looking forward to listen to more great interviews and reading the guests books.

gilbertoegil
gilbertoegil

Was looking forward to this for weeks (since you posted that pic with Simon). So glad to have a chance to listen to this amazing talk. Always leave here with positive insights. Love what you do @LewisHowes

RISeashore
RISeashore

This podcast was great!  Second time listening to it. Simon offered an hour full of power insights.  I have a totally different view of the people I work with.  Thank You! 

Isaiah Hankel PhD
Isaiah Hankel PhD

Simon is great, thank you for having him on. I really enjoyed his break down of what "ego" is, and why it is important to have as a leader. The Marine example was perfect. Having relentless confidence in your ability to succeed, while still being able to work as a team are the exact traits I want in somebody who is leading me.

Varju Luceno
Varju Luceno

I am a big fan of Simon Sinek and now start every project with the question "Why?" - working on my brilliant active listening skills. Thank you for asking good questions, Lewis. 


Vulnerability and leadership - combination that I am still trying to wrap my head around......



JesseAlexanderBern
JesseAlexanderBern

Hey Lewis,


We met very briefly at the OverNear launch party in LA when GaryVee visited for JJJRH! Dude, you're podcast is great brotha and I just bought your creativeLIVE course too. 


In this particular podcast, I really loved Simon's explanation on listening, not just hearing, people. I think some of this mediation I've been practicing can help keep in the moment as well. I think this video on the subject of "being present" is phenomenal by another mentor of mine.


Greatness is upon you :)

WendyReese
WendyReese

This was off the charts. I could have listened to another hour or two without batting an eye. Can't wait to read his book. Good interview Q's, too!

Karen Culbreth Harrison
Karen Culbreth Harrison

I have been following Simon for years. Leaders Eat Last is an amazing book, filled with important information and insights. I highly recommend it.

TheresaWattsCampbell
TheresaWattsCampbell

Loved everything about this episode; especially the part about leaders being followers, who serve because they are following something greater than themselves. BOOM! Thanks Lewis this was life-changing.

Chris McLaughlin
Chris McLaughlin

YES!! I was waiting for Simon to do an episode! This guy is the man!! Such an inspiration!

Helena Bianchi
Helena Bianchi

such a powerful talk. Made me cry when he told the wallpaper story to explain what real listening is. wow. Thank you!!

Fortworthmatt
Fortworthmatt

Lewis, 


New fan to the podcast (great show by the way) and huge fan of Simon Sinek. 


To the question at the end, I'm an entrepreneur and a very devoted husband to an amazing wife. It does get hard at times. You want to make sure that your work is getting completed and you want to spend, not just time, but quality time with your spouse. I try to have lunch with her and when I do, the phone goes on silent, and I actively try to have conversations about what's going in her life rather than talk just about the business (Which I could talk non stop about for days.).


If you're wife wants to go see a movie and spend time with you, go spend time, come back home and get work done after. If you have to go to bed at 2:00 am and wake up at 7:00 or 8:00, than that's just what you have to do. You don't compromise your business or your marriage. You adapt and overcome. 


Once again, great show.


- Matthew Smith from http://aebmarketing.com 

JustinStenkamp
JustinStenkamp

I loved the question at the end about marriage, family, and leadership.  I started reading the book Total Leadership by Stewart Friedman which talks about work life integration.  He also wrote a book that gets at the heart of family vs. career.   It would be great to have him on the show.


Here is a link to his website.  http://www.totalleadership.org/



Candace- Lauren Altagracia
Candace- Lauren Altagracia

My husband loves Simon, so he will enjoy this, and I will enjoy learning as well. Love your podcasts!!

Deborah Hutto Bateman
Deborah Hutto Bateman

Thanks for sharing this podcast, Lewis. I totally enjoyed it and was taking notes the whole time. In answer to your question about if you can have a family and be a leader. I think it is totally possible, but you need someone who supports your dream and you will have to learn how to balance your time more. Having a family is worth the sacrifices that you have to make to have them in your life.

RobbGorringe
RobbGorringe

Simon sure does put a unique, yet refreshing spin on leadership. All the 'Top Dog', 'Hey, look at me' does leave many of us with that... sickening feeling on the inside.  But 'O to see someone who serves others, and sees their role in this different light— to "eat last", is a trait that many would, line out the door to follow. 

Lewis, I'd be curious to know: How do you feel this plays out with entrepreneurs, and especially those who are very popular?
Robb

AmeerRosic
AmeerRosic

Awesome Podcast. I consider "Start with Why" Mandatory for ever single person to read. It was a game changer for me. Thank you Lewis and Simon. 

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@LisaVuu  thanks so much Lisa I'm glad you enjoy the interviews with Simon and James and you also enjoy the site.  

LewisHowes
LewisHowes moderator

@WendyReese  glad you enjoyed it... I'll be sure to have him back on sometime so we can talk for hours ;)

realmikeernst
realmikeernst

@eltiger11 He talks about the importance of listening and empathy in the communication process.

realmikeernst
realmikeernst

@eltiger11 I don't want to play spoiler, but yes. Talks about importance of displaying empathy & understanding motivation for what's said.

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