Shukry Zablah

Summary of Extreme Ownership, Part I


Tagged as leadership , book

In this post I summarize a few leadership insights extracted from Part I of Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Wilink and Leif Babin.

Extreme Ownership. Leaders must own everything in their world. There is no one else to blame.


The following insights are quotes from the book.

  1. On any team ... all responsibility for success and failure rests with the leader. The leader must own everything in his ... world. ... When subordinates aren't doing what they should ... the leader must train and mentor the underperformer. If underperformers cannot improve, the leader must terminate them.
  2. There are no bad units, only bad officers.
  3. When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable ... that poor performance becomes the new standard.
  4. ... a leader must be a true believer in the mission. The leader must explain not just what to do, but why. It is the responsibility of the subordinate leader to ... ask if they do not understand. Only when leaders at all levels understand and believe ... can they pass that understanding to their teams.
  5. ... if you approached it as "he did something wrong" and "he needs to fix something" and "he is at fault", it becomes a clash of egos. ... if you put your own ego in check, meaning you take the blame, that wll allow him to ... see the problem without his vision clouded by ego.

Continue reading