Paperback, 350 Pages
By: Simon Sinek
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2
“Let us all be the leaders we wish we had.”
This is not a book that I would have picked by myself. I decided to read this one because my younger brother has a copy and he told me it was a good book. My younger brother is not really a reader but he followed the rule “if you can’t beat them join them” and decided to do what I do and try reading more book in his field. He studied business and marketing so I do understand him liking the book. I am as a general layman and a doctor found it good but nothing extraordinary.
I also don’t know the author that much. He has popped up on my IG and sometimes on Youtube shorts and he is a very good speaker and in my opinion and many of the people who read the book. He is a better speaker than an author. Don’t get me wrong. It is not a bad book but it is simple and discusses a lot of things that sounded logical to me.
The book has an audience and it is anyone in place to be a leader. I think my ex-boss could use this book very much. Once again, for me it all sounded like natural things to do but looking around me, it seems that most of the actual “leaders” don’t do these stuff.
I liked the biological basis discussed in the book with the role that the chemicals in the brain play in everything including leadership. However, Sinek went over and over these points to the point that it became a bit redundant. I expected them to be a part of a chapter or two but no the whole book.
Another point that kind of irked me is the glorification of everything relating to the US specially the military arm. I don’t know how to explain it but when it comes to politics there is no black and white in my opinion and there is only a grey zone. The author makes it sound like the US armies are doing a great job in everything they do. The author is American so it is his right to do so but as someone who looks at the bigger picture, it rubbed me the wrong way.
Summary: I read this book because of my brother. He is in the business section which the book is helpful for. For general people like me, it was just an okay book that did not really add life altering advice to me -at least not until I become a boss-
This leadership cult very often produces overrated and overpaid managers. I’m more in favor the the Steve Job’s approach: put someone in charge who only reluctantly accepts the responsibility and understands what his subordinates are doing. In management courses they propagate the myth that their graduates can manage any business. I remember the indignation of a bank CEO on TV whose bank went bust because he had no idea what a CDO (Collateral Debt Obligation) was. In his opinion that was not his job to know.
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