Leadership is not a licence to do less; it is a responsibility to do more, according to Simon Sinek in his book Leaders East Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. Leadership takes work. It takes time and energy. The effects are not always easily measured and they are not always immediate. Leadership is always a commitment to human beings.
Interesting statements made by the author include:
I was somewhat uncomfortable with the author’s tendency to explain human motivation by reference to evolutionary biology and the chemicals dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, oxytocin and cortisol. In a book which argues that leadership is all about empathy and providing a safe and respectful environment in which everyone can thrive, it seems odd that the author apparently reduces humans to mere chemical machines.
In my opinion this book contains an important message which senior leaders of organisations need to read and take to heart, although I expect that very few will be able to read through the book without feeling convicted.