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Navy SEAL Style Leadership: Applying in the Professional World

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Leadership, Career AdviceProper leadership skills are extremely important if you want your team to follow your vision with the same passion that you have. It can be hard to convey your ideas to others without being confident in what you're doing. If you find yourself struggling with the leadership of others, look no further than the book written by Navy Seal veterans Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.

"Extreme Ownership" is a very straightforward, easy to understand, and inspirational book with true oversea accounts of battle followed by lessons of leadership. Every chapter has worthwhile lessons that can be translated to the professional world and can be implemented the very next day when you get to the office.

After a rigorous battle account, Chapter 1 then moves to explain the principle of extreme ownership and the business application. Each chapter follows this format so there is no confusion of what you need to take from each section.

Chapter one Direct Quotes:


"All responsibility for success and failure rests with the leader. The leader must own everything in his or her world. There is no one else to blame. The leader must acknowledge mistakes and admit failures, take ownership of them, and develop a plan to win."

Business Application

"With Extreme Ownership, you must remove individual ego and personal agenda."

"During the debrief after a training mission, those good SEAL leaders took ownership of failures, sought guidance on how to improve, and figured out a way to overcome challenges on the next iteration. The best leaders checked their egos, accepted blame, accepted constructive criticism, and took detailed notes for improvement."

These are just three small nuggets of how to lead in one chapter of this book. There are 12 chapters of pure inspiration and guidance of leadership that will not fail you if you choose to implement these lessons. This book is worth a read, and then a second read with sticky notes and a highlighter.

Take the next step to lead your team to success. No matter what world you work in, "Extreme Ownership" will take your team to the next level.


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