EXTREME OWNERSHIP

by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Applying the principles of Navy SEALs leadership training to any organization. Read by the authors. 8 hours, 15 minutes unabridged.

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    • Extreme Ownership is written by two former Navy SEALs, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, who now head a leadership training company. Both men are pretty hardcore, I must admit. The experiences they share in this book are intense and eye-opening--not to mention unique. There aren't many books out there that give such detailed glimpses into the lives of SEALs in action.The book is structured in a very basic and clear way. The authors convey one main point per chapter by sharing a story from their battlefield experiences, then highlighting the main principle of that story, and finally giving a concrete example of how this principle applies in business settings.Their main points can be summarized as follows:(*) The leader is always responsible. (This is what they call "extreme ownership." Basically, leaders must always "own" the mistakes and shortcomings of their teams.)(*) Everyone on the team must believe in the mission.(*) Work with other teams to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.(*) Keep plans simple, clear, and concise.(*) Check your ego.(*) Figure out your priorities, and then act on them one at a time.(*) Clarify your mission (i.e., your plan).(*) Engage with your higher-ups; keep them in the loop--especially when they frustrate you.(*) Act decisively, even when things are chaotic.(*) And the last chapter is a summary of the seemingly contradictory qualities of a leader.In my opinion, the simplicity, clarity, and structure of this book are it's greatest strengths. I knew exactly where the authors were going with their points, and I understood exactly the message they were trying to communicate. The book is incredibly easy to follow.I do have two minor complaints. First, the book is really repetitive at parts. There are several moments when the authors share a complete story or personal thought--and then share the story again, but this time in the context of telling it to either their SEAL teams or to a group of business executives. It became a little tedious. If I hear the story once, I don't need another play-by-play, no matter how interesting it was the first time around.Second, while this book is very descriptive--especially with the battle scenes--it is also incredibly restrained, almost cold. There is basically no emotion in this book--which feels weird, because even though it's a book about leadership, it's also a book about war, too. If you are going to aim to teach me something through your intense and sometimes tragic experiences, well then let's get into it. I'm not looking for manufactured drama, but you don't have to scrub it all clean for me, either. Ultimately, I ended up feeling like the authors didn't trust me enough with the whole story. And I wanted more than that.Still, I appreciated what Willink and Babin had to share. Their lessons are insightful and thought-provoking, and I can definitely see how their experiences will help guide leaders in the business world. Extreme Ownership is a worthwhile read, yes--but also a somewhat muted one. Take it for what it is.
    • I highly recommend this book for anyone. It should be required reading in B-schools instead of the fluff theory based management crap they push. This is THE crash course in actual effective leadership by two guys that know more than a business school could ever teach you. I am a young professional this book taught me what type of leader you should strive to be and as a result I feel like I am not only a better leader but a better person. This book will give you the simple tools you need to be able to effectively lead a winning team. Extreme Ownership is an especially important read for people of my age group/ generation whose personal code of ethics is absolutely zero personal responsibility or accountability for anything. If you are just starting out and have not yet reached the top of the leadership ladder read it before you develop those bad habits. In summary Read it. Learn it. Live it and learn to take extreme ownership! You won't regret investing the time to read this one.
    • Absolutely amazing. This is not one of the pervasive and dangerous feel good, “you can do it” leadership book that offers tons of pep talks and no solutions. This is a field manual for success.The book is articulate, and give real life examples in both war timeand corporations as well as a full outline of each principle that reiterated the core fundamentals. This is a book for people ready to give up excuses and bad habits, control their world, and be the best possible leader they can be.This has become my “go to” manual for team leadership, project management, and continued success. Cheers!
    • If you were to judge a book by its cover, you would think that "Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead And Win" is a book which would only be applicable to military veterans and historians. You would be wrong.This isn't a self-help book from some "gurus", nor does it provide an ideology or set of steps for how to approach specific problems. Extreme Ownership is a mindset which applies to everything you do. Authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin have crafted a guidebook for success in all ventures of life. They explain hard-learned principles of leadership, which they experienced first-hand as US Navy SEALs, specifically in and around their 2006 deployment to Ramadi, Iraq, one of the most dangerous places and times in the war. These principles can be applied to any relationships or walks of life; they are simple enough for anyone to understand, and broad enough to use in any situation.The book is separated into 12 chapters, each which highlights a principle of leadership. Each chapter is then broken into 3 seconds. The first section is an anecdote providing an example of how US Navy SEALs use their military experience to demonstrate each principle. The second section is how & why the principle works. The third section is an example of how that principle transforms from the battlefield, into world of businesses of all types & sizes, as experienced by the authors and their customers. It is very easy to read and understand, despite the regular use of military jargon (which is either footnoted or explained so even non-military readers can comprehend).Military recruits & officers, parents, corporate executives, students, low-level management, spouses, shop foremen, independent contractors, and sole proprietors will all benefit from the lessons of Extreme Ownership.If you feel you're stuck in a rut, lacking self-discipline, or perhaps know someone who simply needs to improve their lot, this book is an excellent starting point.I have personally read & completed this book, but I will never be done with the concept of "Extreme Ownership". Being able to take ownership and be accountable for the things around me has truly changed my life for the better.
    • This is the best book I've read on leadership. As an officer with a masters in leadership, I have spent many hours studying the topic and nothing compares to the lessons of Extreme Ownership. I have always been a fan of military memoirs and stories so this book was very easy for me to read (and listen to on audible while driving to work). I was able to instantly apply these lessons to my team and see improvements immediately. I also began to better understand areas that I need to improve to become a better leader and be as respected as my mentors.One of my favorite aspects of this book is how the authors broke down each chapter into three components. First a story of something they experienced, followed by an explanation of the leadership lesson, and culminating with a story of how it was applied in the private sector by business leaders. This made it exciting to read and easy to apply to life in the military. I would imagine it is just as easy for business leaders to apply as well.This is a must read regardless of your level of leadership. If you are high on a company's ladder with decades of experience you can learn just as much as the new kid on the block fresh out of school. Invest in yourself and your teams by reading Extreme Ownership and applying these lessons to your life. When you finish, share it with your teams so we can all be rich in success together.