Simon Sinek has held many talks about leadership, hosting events where he can explore the concept further with an audience, and allow the masses to engage with the idea that we should all “be the leader[s] [we] wish [we] had”.
He has been praised for his insights having “an unparalleled potency and usability” , and has authored four books on the topic of leadership etc.: Start With Why, Leaders Eat Last, Find Your Why and The Infinite Game. Sinek has gained a reputation for talking about these things, and although, reading all of his texts would be the best way to get an inclination to his thoughts, there is plenty to unpack just from a handful of videos.
Sinek has explored the idea of becoming the “leader [he] wish[ed] [he] had”, and has therefore made sure that his own practice reflects what he preaches, stating that he “commits to come to work to ensure that [his colleagues] feel that [he’s] here to support them and help rise to be there for them, when they need it and make them feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves.”
This idea was certainly supported by some other speakers on the topic of leadership. He is creating an environment which will prove effective for his colleagues to provide a great quality of work, and as Catherine Courage said in her TED Talk, Igniting Creativity To Transform Corporate Culture, “environment is the foundation of creative thinking.”
Agile leadership requires someone with the responsibility over others to lead with compassion, understand that sometimes it might not be someone’s day, and especially with the current state of the world at the moment, to be patient and strive to assist those around them when possible.
Sinek stated that a leader is the person in an organisation, regardless of rank that “have chosen to look after the person to the left of them and they have chosen to look after the person to the right of them.” So, if you are the person who has recently had leadership thrust onto you, or were finally bestowed the privileged after a long graft, you are now in the same boat. You have to look after your crew, make sure that if your ship is sinking, everyone gets onto the lifeboat. No man gets left behind when a good leader is at the helm.
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