Combat, the most intense and dynamic environment imaginable, teaches the toughest leadership lessons, with absolutely everything at stake. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin learned this reality first-hand on the most violent and dangerous battlefield in Iraq. As leaders of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, their mission was one many thought impossible: help US forces secure Ramadi, a violent, insurgent-held city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping, firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories, they learned that leadership - at every level - is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.
Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training to pass on their harsh lessons learned in combat to help forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After leaving the SEAL Teams, they launched a company, Echelon Front, to teach those same leadership principles to leaders in businesses, companies, and organizations across the civilian sector. Since that time, they have trained countless leaders and worked with hundreds of companies in virtually every industry across the US and internationally, teaching them how to develop their own high-performance teams and most effectively lead those teams to dominate their battlefields.
Since its release in October 2015, Extreme Ownership has revolutionized leadership development and set a new standard for literature on the subject. Required reading for many of the most successful organizations, it has become an integral part of the official leadership training programs for scores of business teams, military units, and first responders. Detailing the mindset and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult combat missions, Extreme Ownership demonstrates how to apply them to any team or organization, in any leadership environment. A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.
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By Paschal on 18-04-16
Lots of violence but good business lessons also.
I would normally avoid violence.
For example it is 40 years since I enjoyed 2nd world war books.
The Iraq war stories are fascinating especially listening from the perspective of the people who led the missions on the ground.
There were was a huge price to pay for any mistakes.
It makes our leadership challenges seem much less important.
Strangely for that reason the lessons transferred very well.
Our leadership might not be life and death but it is very important in our lives.
It is worth learning from these guys.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By James C Thompson on 08-11-15
I found this book inspirational.
Although interesting, at times, I was a little fustrated by the war stories getting in the way of showing their leadership framework.
I am hoping that they will develop on this work and we'll see more from them.
Powerful message excellently delivered. Left me wanting to know more.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Amazon Customer on 21-02-17
I don't read SEAL Books...
As a veteran, I hold a strong resentment for the unabashed self promotion of the SEAL community. This however is one of my favorite books, period. I am glad I set my ego aside and gave it a chance. This book contains all the best points of a capable combat leader, and many points are hidden within main points as well. I recommend this book to all people, regardless of their profession.
206 of 219 people found this review helpful
By Oliver Nielsen on 02-02-16
Wow. This one surprised me!
Narrated by the team guys themselves, the authenticity is high from the get-go.
The structure of the book is solid, alternating between battle scenes, and the practical take-away, applicable to the modern business owner/leader.
The central premise is "taking extreme ownership" – as only taking FULL 100% responsibility for your actions and business decisions: can you be an effective leader, correct what's not working, and more.
It's a good book that I consumed quickly – to me it was the audio equivalent of a page-turner. I couldn't listen to it fast enough, and will relisten to it soon:)
72 of 80 people found this review helpful