A book that impacted my life
This year I slow down a little bit on my reading schedule but typically I read between 25 and 50 books a year. I’m a nonfiction kind of person and I value the useful knowledge that people have taken the time to publishing a book. So most of the time my reading is focused on business, entrepreneurship and suggestions for how to grow this little business of ours. You could imagine I’ve read a number of books that I haveGreat information. But there’s one book that I always come back to that is a level set for me. What I mean is the practical thought process of the book echoed with my soul. Having worked for 40 some years now I’ve seen business change and the mindset and ethics shifting. Perhaps as a young employee I wasVery helpful. But there is One book that cleared the fog of my brain and echoed what was going on in my spirit. It’s a book that I always come back to that is a level set for me. What I mean is the practical thought and ideas of this book should be how we live.
Having for over 40 years now I’ve seen business change and the mindset and ethics shifting. Perhaps as a young employee I Had my rose-colored glasses on and fully believe that employers and employees had a symbiotic relationship of accomplishing a mutual goal. Over the years the floor in that ointment has been that profit comes above all and politics rule the office.
Simon Sinek wrote A number of books all of which are very much worth the time and effort to read but the one that jumped out at me and gave me a sense of hope that not all of the business world is in a chaotic race for maximum profit was the book “Real Leaders Eat Last”. It’s an odd title that caught my attention the moment it was published. In true confession I must tell you I’ve read everything he’s written so when he puts out a new book I’m on it like instantly. But the title is at the heart of the idea that real leaders look out for those that they’re shepherding and in many cases put them self last so that their reports can have the opportunity to grow strong,It’s an odd title that caught my attention the moment it was published. In true confession I must tell you I’ve read everything he’s written so this was on my to read list.
I won’t spoil the book by giving you some of the scenarios he told however suffice it to say that a quality of leader ship that has been almost lost in our generation is that of the servant leader. What I mean by that is the leader who make sure his people are taken care of first and then takes care of himself. That takes great skill and confidence. And it is so empowering to those that serve under this type of leader.
On a personal note it has challenged me to look at my motivation, lay myself aside And serve others. It’s a journey but I love this storyline where people are more important then profit.