The overall message of the book is quite positive. If you shift your perspective what you think is holding you back may actually be what will propel you forward.
The book gets its title from the fact that officers in the Marine Corps eat last. Leaders Eat Last strikes a balance between leading and being led. It focuses on why leadership is necessary and what makes for a good leader. “Leaders would sooner sacrifice what is theirs to save what is ours”. Management is a position, leadership is a calling.
Sylvia Ann Hewlett does a solid job of pointing out that there is overlap between the experiences of white women and women of color while accurately conveying the degrees to which it varies. Black women have the hardest time because they rarely seem able to escape the cloud of angry black woman enough to have true conversations and lead.
Anyone at any level of the organization can implement these steps. That’s important. You will not walk away from this book thinking that he was able to implement his process because he was a chief officer.