What makes a good leader? How do you motivate people to ‘get on board’? When are people likely to ‘go the extra mile’ at work? These questions are regularly raised and debated at our workshops. With the subject of employee engagement still high on the corporate agenda, it’s not surprising that many companies still invest heavily in annual people surveys. But are we focusing too heavily on the outputs, at the expense of the inputs? It seems that we are. Simon Sinek, a management theorist, reminds us that safety and trust are the foundation stones for building healthy environments. In his inspirational Ted talk Sinek shows how our evolutionary biology is the key to understanding why authoritarian leadership doesn’t work - as well as the choices and responsibilities inherent in great leadership.