“Extreme Ownership” Book Summary

On this summary I’m gonna be discussing and going over “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willinks & Leif Babin

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One of my reason for choosing this book to do a summary on is because recently I’ve been consuming a lot of Jocko’s content online, his podcast, his appearance on other podcasts and channels. And I feel he has been my current most influential motivated to “go after it.” Do something productive with my free time. I also feel I am at a place in my life where I need more discipline. If you saw my recent video of “Passion” you’ll see how I’ve struggled recently with analysis paralysis. Which has caused me to not take action on goals, or even various skills that I know I want to get better at. Jocko’s content has been valuable to me. I feel more clear and ready to learn. One thing I love about doing this channel and even though it may sound selfish it’s the truth. It’s a platform that helps me learn and grow. When I make a summary for you guys that means I get to dissect and learn something new, which is pretty awesome.
So back to the analysis paralysis, when I’m faced with the feeling of being stuck, I can at least learn something. This channel gives me a platform and process to learn something from someone’s work(book) and then create something fun, entertaining, and interesting for you. I’m grateful for it and I’m grateful for you. Thank you for reading. Now on to the summary.
“Implementing Extreme Ownership requires checking your ego and operating with a high degree of humility. Admitting mistakes, taking ownership, and developing a plan to overcome challenges are integral to any successful team.” -Jocko Willink
What’s up internet? my name is TridentLion & welcome to this summary.
One of my reasons for choosing this book to do a summary on is because recently I’ve been consuming a lot of Jocko’s content online, his podcast, his appearance on other podcasts and channels. And I feel he has been my current most influential motivator.
I also feel I am at a place in my life where I need more discipline.
If you saw my recent video on “Lack of Passion” you’ll see how I’ve struggled recently with analysis paralysis.
Jocko’s content has been valuable in combating this analysis paralysis.
So without further a due I bring you the summary of extreme ownership please enjoy.
The principles of leadership in battle translate to leaders in all areas of life whether that be in business, fitness, relationships, etc…
The meaningful measure of a leader is based on whether a team succeed or fails. “Extreme Ownership,” contain 12 qualities of leadership.
What does it mean to have EXTREME OWNERSHIP?
Jocko explains through a story in his book as well as in other appearances such as various podcasts, & on his TED talk. In battle there has an incident which lead to friendly fire & friendly causalities. Jocko was the leader of his team when this occured, and in front of senior ranked officials when they where confronted about this incident Jocko put 100% the blame on himself. That is Extreme Ownership, taking complete responsibilities for all of his subordinates actions.
Think about how in corporate environments the exact opposite happens. Have you ever had a boss that never took responsibility for failures and always blamed his employees for mistakes? That type of boss employees respect less. Think about it, if a employee makes a mistake who is more a fault the employee? Or is the boss at fault for not properly training the employee to do the job right? Allow your subordinates to receive credit for success rather than you taking the credit.
Take ownership of everything in your life. Become empowered by becoming an owner of you problems and an owner to the solutions of your problems.
So what are the 12 leadership principles?
  1. Extreme Ownership – All responsibility for success and failure rests with the leader.
  2. There Are No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders – A bad team can always be turned around with a great leader.
  3. Believe – A leader must understand and believe whole heartily in the mission, otherwise those under the leader wont believe. Lack of believe will result in failure.
  4. Ego – Uncontrolled egos can cloud and disrupt every part of an organization or team.
  5. Teamwork – For an organization to succeed they must operate as a single unit, teamwork, good communication and trust are vitally important for success.
  6. Keep it Simple – Simple plans are easy to understand and execute.
  7. Prioritize and Execute – Determine what the highest priority task is and then execute. Don’t be paralyzed by indecision. Story of my month, analysis paralysis. When priorities shift communicate it up and down the chain of command.
  8. Decentralized Command – Maintain focus on the bigger picture necessitates delegation of tasks and leadership. An effective size group to manage is around 5-10 people, larger groups should be broken down into smaller units each with an effective leader.
  9. Plan – Leaders must 100% understand the mission and then clearly communicate this to the rest of their team.
  10. Leading Up and Down the Chain – Effectively leading up requires providing solutions and plans of action rather than asking for directions. Effectively leading down requires communicating to subordinates as well as what there role will be and what the team expects of them.
  11. Decisiveness – A leader must be decisive and also be adaptable. Indecision leads to inaction, analysis paralysis again.
  12. Discipline Equals Freedom – Disciplined behavior, processes, habits, & practices result in more freedom. Jocko is known for waking up at 4:30am to work out and get his first win of the day. By achieving small wins throughout the day by using discipline you can build a positive momentum where you strengthen your willpower. It will be challenging at first but once you do it enough times it will become habit. Discipline yourself to do the things you know you need to do in order to achieve a great, more fulfilled life for you.
Thank you for checking out this blog book summary on the book “Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Comment below what time you wake up at?
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Always be learning, always be creating, and always be inspired!
TridentLion

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