According to Sinek, the most inspiring leaders ask "why" an organization does what it does. This simple question has the power to encourage others to achieve extraordinary things, and Sinek shows readers how to apply this philosophy to their workplace.
Why do you do what you do? Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and moer profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all "started with why." It was their natural ability to start with why that enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things. In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way — and it's the complete opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be lead, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY. Any organization can explain "what" it does; some can explain "how" they do it; but very few can clearly articulate "why." WHY is not money or profit— those are always results. WHY does your organization exist? WHY does it do the things it does? WHY do customers really buy from one company or another? WHY are people loyal to some leaders, but not others? Starting with WHY works in big business and small business, in the nonprofit world and in politics. Those who start with WHY never manipulate, they inspire. And the people who follow them don't do so because they have to; they follow because they want to. Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire. This book is for anyone who wants to inspire others or who wants to find someone to inspire them.
SIMON SINEK, the bestselling author of LEADERS EAT LAST and TOGETHER IS BETTER, is an optimist who believes in a brighter future for humanity. He teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people and has presented his ideas around the world, from small startups to Fortune 50 corporations, from Hollywood to Congress to the Pentagon. His TED Talk based on START WITH WHY is the third most popular TED video of all time. Learn more about his work and how you can inspire those around you at StartWithWhy.com.
"Start with Why is one of the most useful and powerful books I have read in years. Simple and elegant, it shows us how leaders should lead." -WILLIAM URY, coauthor of Getting to Yes "Start with Why fanned the flames inside me. This book can lead you to levels of excellence you never considered attainable." -GENERAL CHUCK HORNER, air boss, Desert Storm
"Each story will force you to see things from an entirely different perspective. A perspective that is nothing short of the truth." -MOKHTAR LAMANI, former ambassador, special envoy to Iraq
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