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Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink


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In "Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win," Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting, Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons learned for business and life.

With riveting first-hand accounts that put the reader directly in the action making high-pressure decisions as a Navy SEAL battlefield leader, this book is equally gripping for leaders who seek to dominate their arena as well as military enthusiasts.

Jocko Willink and Leif Babin served together in SEAL Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated Special Operations unit from the war in Iraq. Jocko, the task unit commander, planned and executed the strategy for Task Unit Bruiser, which had huge impact in the "Battle of Ramadi." Leif, as commander of Charlie Platoon (one of two SEAL platoons in Task Unit Bruiser) led countless combat operations into hostile territory alongside such outstanding SEAL warriors as Charlie Platoon's lead sniper and point man, ""Chris Kyle, the" American Sniper." These efforts contributed to the historic triumph for U.S. forces in Ramadi, which was the epicenter of the Iraqi insurgency at the time.

Through those difficult months of sustained combat, Jocko, Leif and their SEAL brothers learned that leadership-at every level-is the most important thing on the battlefield; the greatest factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. Leif and Jocko returned from the battlefield to build and run advanced SEAL training, where they developed much of the SEAL leadership curriculum in use today. Leif and Jocko trained and mentored the future generations of SEAL leaders and watched many of them implement the same leadership principles on difficult battlefields with incredible success.

When Jocko retired from the service and Leif left active duty, they launched a company, Echelon Front, to teach these same leadership principles to others who want to build their own high-performance, winning teams. In their work with dozens of companies across industries throughout the business world, they again witnessed how these same leadership principles lead to victory for the companies and executives they trained.

This book explains the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization. It provides the reader with Jocko and Leif's formula for success: the mindset and guiding principles that enable SEAL combat units to achieve extraordinary results. It demonstrates how to apply these directly to business and life to likewise achieve victory.

Principles include:

Extreme Ownership With lives at stake, a combat leader must own "everything." There is no one else to blame. The same applies in any leadership situation. When Jocko and Leif explain and take ownership of the incredible combat challenges and horrific tragedy they experienced, that message resonates crystal clear.

Cover and Move: In a firefight, every person and group within the team must work together to suppress enemy fire while others maneuver to destroy the enemy. If members of the team fail to work together, the results are catastrophic. While the consequences in the business world are not as severe, the lesson is the same: individuals and teams must work together to achieve victory. When heard in the context of combat, it is a lesson that will not be forgotten.

Leading Up the Chain of Command: On the battlefield, there is no time for a leader to blame their boss for not giving the support needed. It is up to frontline leaders to educate, inform, and clearly communicate up the chain of command to ensure they have what they need in order to achieve victory. This directly translates to any business or industry.


Excellent insights on how to really own work and life issues


Well written and insightful summary of the challenges of really owning work and life issues. Used well constructed military examples from experience and reasonably well related it to the business environment.

Sydney, Australia

Becoming the leader.


Being a responsible person is part of moving this world towards a positive future. Read the good learn the lessons and start implementing.

Aldinga beach


Great Read


Great book.

Melbourne, AU


Extreme Ownership

4.7 3


This is the SEAL Leadership book we have been waiting for. Poignant, powerful, practical. A must read for every leader. Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, and chairman, Fox Television Stations Leif and Jocko are the real deal. I m honored to have served with them. They led SEALs in the fight through the hell that was the Battle of Ramadi. This book shows how they did it. Marcus Luttrell, U.S. Navy SEAL and #1 national bestselling author of Lone Survivor The smartest, most revolutionary management approach since Jack Welch's Six Sigma. Don Imus, radio host, Imus in the Morning Finally, a leadership book that actually demonstrates how to truly lead. Riveting, engaging, and free from the usual cliche platitudes, this book is strikingly impactful and will dramatically improve leaders of all types. Amy Brandt Schumacher, entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist Extreme Ownership provides huge value for leaders at all levels. An inspiring and page-turning read, the leadership lessons are easy to digest and implement. It provides a powerful SEAL framework for action to lead teams in high-stakes environments. This book made me a better leader and enabled my entire team step up our game! Jared Hamilton, founder and CEO, DrivingSales "

ISBN: 9781250067050
ISBN-10: 1250067057
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st November 2015
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 15.3  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.41