[August 23, 2018] It’s been a long summer and I’ve not been to the Jersey shore as I originally planned. My wife tells me that I must take responsibility for the failure and “man up” in those things I say I will do. Any person who is serious about a good life should understand their core values, prioritize what is important to them, and then act to fulfill obligations that these present. The book I’m drawing attention to today will buttress these points and draw our attention to what the authors call “extreme ownership.”
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win (New Edition), Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, 2017.
Why this book and why now? As I’m apt to do occasionally, I like to point out that leadership is all about taking responsibility for both our behavior and the actions of our team. That team could be a Navy SEAL team, a production group at work, or our family. It is important for me to note that this book is written for everyone; not just military troops looking for good leader ideas. And, it’s not a self-help book you can find in the discount bin at your local book store. The principles covered by Willink and Babin are broad enough to be of use in any situation.
Extreme Ownership is written by two former U.S. Navy SEAL members, which now lead a company that teaches leadership. These men know what they are talking about. The underpinning message is that leaders are always responsible and always “own” the mistakes and shortcomings of their teams. Some of the key ideas in the book are: everyone must believe in the mission, keep plans simple, clear, and concise, check your ego, figure out your priorities and act on them, act decisively especially when things are chaotic, and always engage your bosses. Willink and Babin are adamant that leadership is a life choice and lifestyle. Anyone reading the book will take away some of the most important lessons in leadership along with many examples that emphasize them. Transforming their battlefield experience into lessons for every leader is really what makes this book worthwhile for me. We all need that lesson reinforced now. I highly recommend it.
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