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What “Leaders Eat Last” means

Leaders eat last.

This one choice, whether a leader puts themselves or their people first, determines if they are worthy of our love and loyalty.

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  1. I recently listened to "First Ask Why," and am now listening to "Sapiens," by Yuval Noah Harari. Are you two acquainted? If not, you need to be. Mounds and mounds of objective critical thinking.

  2. Absolutely, Simon! And sadly, I think more mothers take on the leadership role than men. I don't think men behave like men these days. Regrettably, due to my husband's lackadaisical attitude toward the real things that matter in this life, I am more of a "man" in my home than my husband is. I've learned that, regardless of the necessity, we cannot motivate someone who does not desire to motivate him/herself.

  3. OK, OK. I really thought that leaders were more prone to sacrifice foot-soldiers to save their own hides. Foot-soldiers that will willingly do so "for the King". Maybe "leaders eat last" works for team leaders, but I guess that it does not for bigger social entities like corporations, states, religions, etc. A true leader is the one who can send his soldiers to their death looking at them in the eyes. This last quote is from the TV series "The 100", a great series about leadership.

  4. To Extend recently I heard that – this is the same reason for our obesity.
    Watching TV and eating is producing different chemical what you watch – instead of chemical for what you eat.
    Ex: Eating sweet watching Horror Movie will give you Cortisol instead of Insulin.
    leaves more glucose to body…

  5. You have missed part of the point? Leaders also serve the food to the troops! Many times troops don't see thier higher leadership, also if it's bad chow or not enough leaders will now see condition of troops, the chow, and if there isn't enough they also go hungry. One of easiest ways to know if your soldiers care about you is if you miss chow? Did they save you something? I offer you this to expand you understand understanding, it happens mainly with ground combat troops, but the concept applies to all, however the tradition in the Navy is officers have a separate mess! They conduct business there, just different! Eye opening the first time Army Combat Arms/Command/Operation officers encounters!

  6. The Army is the same way, leaders always eat last. You must take care of your men Officer or NCO. They must trust that you will lay down your life for them, and you have to be willing to die for them.

  7. Mothers instinctively protect their children. It has nothing to do with leadership and everything to do with loving that child you carried for 9 months, then gave birth to, then breastfed, then walked away from a job you loved to Nurture and Protect. The majority of mothers within the Animal Kingdom are designed the same way.

  8. Its not important to be a leader. Every1 has their own leadership qualities. U can lead as a servant. Being a leader is a person doing their best in their area. I dont agree with this guys opinion & theories bc his beliefs are different from mine. Yet he expects the world of ppl to accept his view as right. That in itself is wrong! U know who was a great leader? Jesus Christ! Bc he served in order to be followed. Serving is the ultimate humbleness which demolishes the toughest of walls n pride within ppl. It is the killer of the ultimate deadly cancer sin pride. Jesus knew the formula naturally which had its way with the most uprooted broken ppl of its day to change with hope n thrive with a purpose in life. Jesus taught life over death. Jesus gave life over death. The ultimate act of love from the time he was born till he served and died and raised and still healed & gave life for the whole world to accept. It is simple ppl. But ppl like this guy wants to make it so scientifically challenging so others may understand and accept. Thats my view. Take it with a grain of salt. All i know is that he loves the way he speaks and sounds he even looks as if hes so smart. Good job smart man. U must happy now that u got worlds approval for ur meaning of life

  9. One of the many things that we learned in military leadership training is that you must be the first to volunteer for what is difficult or unpleasant and last to accept what is good or comfortable. Hence, a good squad leader is the first to volunteer to clean the latrines and last to sit down to eat.

  10. I grew up in a poor, close-knit, rural family…and I've seen neighbor families where the parents ate before their children…just because they were "the parents…the bosses." The children came second because the parents had to be strong enough to work. In my family, my parents ate last. Even though they, too, needed to be strong enough to do a hard day's work, they believed that, as adults, they could wait and make do with less. Children, when they're hungry, might not understand having to wait…but my parents loved us enough to see to our needs first and felt good about providing for us above themselves. That, in turn, taught us to repeat the pattern with our own children.

  11. What I recall as a child was "dig in or your not going to get anything" and your portion size was inversely proportional to your distance from the "dinner bell". 🙂

  12. From what i see here in Europe, it's the other way around, grown ups go first then the kids, and then demand respect that they haven't earned when the kids won't respect them. I have always wondered how one could be so selfish but then i realised that may be they got this leadership thing all wrong. May be it's not about what you are nor how old you are but how safe you make those around you feel! I try to implement this in every friendship or relationship I make. I will try to make one feel safe in every accountable situation and it has never felt bad! It always feels great! great vid btw!

  13. "It's my turn to eat." is the prevailing mindset among our leaders here, unfortunately. And the people continue to suffer when there's more than enough for everyone. I look forward to the day you'll hold a talk here Simon. We need to hear more of this …wisdom. – With love from Kenya.

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