Serotonin - the Leader's chemical!
We all liked 'Leaders Eat Last' by Simon Sinek.
Some preferred the original chapters to the 2017 additions which focussed on Millennials but still very readable.
Our key nuggets?
There were many: we universally identified with the ‘circle of safety’ where you feel safe, where mutual trust grows, and genuine support exists. This is the foundation of the ‘we’ mentality as opposed to the ‘me’ mentality which persists in today’s business environment.
I was particularly fascinated to see how structural changes in US Government machinery had impacted on the possibility to form relationships at very senior level. The importance of socialising cannot be underestimated at all levels – I can even see that in our local gig club!
It is these relationships – where people are liked and respected even when they see issues very differently that enable them to work together, to compromise when necessary and trust that the ‘adversary’ will be decent and trustworthy.
The four chemicals which drive our behaviour were a bedrock of the book and fascinating. These chapters are worth reading over and over..
Endorphins – the runner’s high, our own personal opiate. Focus is on survival.
Dopamine – an incentive for progress, that feel good sense when we hit the goal. High impact from social media.
Serotonin – the leadership chemical, the feeling of pride, makes us feel strong and confident, like we can take on anything. We need the approval of our tribe – it really matters. Those who work hardest to help others succeed will be seen as the leader of the group.
Oxytocin – chemical love – most people’s favourite! It is long lasting and is drives acts of generosity, builds trust and empathy and deep personal bonds. ‘My favourite definition of love is giving someone the power to destroy us and trusting they won’t use it.’ P 61
I could write so much more but just one more: the concept of ‘destructive abundance’ rooted in the baby boomers (the me, me, me generation) having so much they need to protect it at all costs compared to the sharing of resources when there is enough but not too much.
I will read that section again too!
It all rang so true I wondered why it had taken us so long to discover the book which was first published in 2013.
Thoroughly recommended as an easy read, lovely accessible stories to illustrate the points and a gentle and easy style. OK to read this one in bed!