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Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Extreme Ownership was referred to me by a client, Keith Perkey, who enjoyed the book tremendously. It has a different slant than other leadership books you may have read. It makes other leadership books bland by comparison. Authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin are each highly decorated retired Navy SEALs. The book is different because it springs from their real life experiences. The decisions that they made while on active duty had real life and death consequences.

You may wonder how military battles equate to the mundane world of your office. After all, most people don’t dodge sniper fire or have to watch for IED’s. It is simple. They were leaders and they owned any and all lapses in judgement or failures of their units. To have extreme ownership in business you must do the same. However, it is not easy to implement. You must accept responsibility for all your teams errors and failures, as well as your own. Ego is not your friend and is best left at the door.

This book is clear and precise and easy to follow. Each section offers a story about the author's training and/or combat experience. They then explain the principle embodied by the story and the business application. I really enjoyed the combat and training stories they share. These stories are anything but boring! If you are like me and always want to learn a different take on leadership, you cannot go wrong learning from some of our country’s finest.


Jocko Willink and Leif Babin


St. Martin's Press



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