The month of July has centered around Simon Sinek’s book, “Leaders Eat Last”. The chapter about chemical reactions is vital to understanding the inner workings of leadership and those you are leading. It is vital as leaders that we understand one thing very clearly: our biology bats last. We can be as dedicated and as self-controlled as we want. But, eventually, biology will take its, toll. Whether it be sleep deprivation, too much stress, neglect from our peers, biology will have a say and it will come back to bite us every time. Our challenge this past week was to explain the power of generosity and encourage your teams to make one effort every day of the week to go out of their way boost others, thus unleashing the powers of oxytocin.
In the end, it all comes down to biology. Meeting basic human needs. Acceptance from our peers is a basic human need. Hopefully, you noticed a difference in your team this week. I’d encourage you to evaluate what did and didn’t work this week as a team and allow those expectations to be vocalized.
Remember that we are the masters of our own fate, but if we don’t take care of our basic needs and continue mindful of the needs of our teammates, biology takes over your team and when that’s working against you, you have no chance as a leader. But when biology and basic needs are met, then those you lead will be much more receptive to your efforts.
Have a great weekend!
The ideas for this post came from a highly suggested read, “Leaders Eat Last”.
Written by Emma Pister and Karl Pister