Book review: Extreme ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Book review: Extreme ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

12 August 2021
Gerrit Sarens
Gerrit Sarens
  • 📖 Extreme Ownership: leadership is simple but not easy

    A must-read leadership book by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.
    🏹 Learn the leadership principles from these two US Navy SEAL Officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq war.

    In this book, they make parallels between the battlefield and business.

    🚀 Their fundamental statement is simple:
    The best leaders take extreme ownership of everything that impacts their mission. There is no one else to blame. There are no bad teams, only bad leaders. Full stop.

    For those who cannot wait to start reading, here are the main takeaways:
    ➡️ Whatever happens, first look in the mirror at yourself: what can YOU do to change the situation?
    ➡️ Set your ego aside, accept responsibility for failures, attack weaknesses, and consistently work to build a better and more effective team.
    ➡️ As a leader, it’s not what you preach; it’s what you tolerate.
    ➡️ A leader should never be satisfied. They must always strive to improve and build that mindset into the team.
    ➡️ A leader must truly believe in the mission, the more significant cause, to convince and inspire others.
    ➡️ It’s all about teamwork: if the overall team fails, everyone fails.
    ➡️ Simplifying as much as possible is crucial to success (including the mission).
    ➡️ Stay a step or two ahead of real-time problems.
    ➡️ Decentralized command is always more effective (max leadership scope is 6 to 10 people).
    ➡️ Focus on both leading up and down: stay connected with both sides of the chain.
    ➡️ There is no 100% correct solution. The picture is never complete. Be ready to adjust decisions.

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