Simon Sinek Answers – Who’s Really Responsible for Work Results, Leaders or Team Players?

Leaders, according to Sinek, are not responsible for work results; team players are!

Leaders are responsible for the environment in which their people can thrive, resulting in good employees and good work. Thus, in the case of work performance, Sinek believes nurture overrides nature.


During an interview with Inside Quest (above), Sinek offers a profitable perspective on leadership and questions the merits of the current hiring trend, notably “our obsession with getting the right people on the bus, but we don’t ask, which bus? And who’s driving the bus?”

we have an obsession with “getting the right people on the bus,” but we don’t ask, “which bus? And who’s driving the bus?”- Sinek

Sinek makes an insightful observation, but where do we draw the line between one of the oldest questions of all time, “nature or nurture?”

We all know a coworker that will never go above and beyond. But how do we justify this belief? Could it be our own prejudice based on our training that you should be accountable for your own work? Imagine what would happen if we entertained the notion that our coworker does not produce high quality work not because they suck, but because they need someone’s help to unlock their potential. The unlocking of potential, according to Sinek, is the job of a leader.

This philosophy might sound familiar to you. It should! For a leader who could transform people, think no further than Wooden.


Legendary basketball coach John Wooden won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including a record seven in a row! Professional basketball critics (such as ESPN) went on record to say that Wooden won despite having no “talent” on his first championship team. It took Wooden a whopping 16 seasons before he won his first championship. Leadership is hard work.

It took Wooden a whopping 16 seasons before he won his first championship. Leadership is hard work.

Discover more about your workplace dynamic from Sinek’s talk and please share Inside Quest’s interview video for a better workplace.

Lastly, if you’re ever curious why you have experience working with a “bad” supervisor, Sinek reveals the answer in his interview.

Image credit: flickr-Next28 John Wooden Quote

Originally Published on LinkedIn


About me! I’m a strategy and self-help junkie, with a female millennial voice. I write to share proven techniques and strategies on how we can make ourselves and our workplace better.


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