Book Review: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

What the book is about: 

This nonfic leadership book is all about ownership – the leader owns every part of what happens underneath them. Leaders who practice extreme ownership take responsibility for all failures while attributing success to everyone else.

What I liked: 

Each chapter was beautifully organized throughout the book. Every chapter began with an exciting narration of a war-time scenario, then transitioned into an explanation of the principle being illustrated, then applied to the business world with a real-life example from Jocko and Leif’s leadership consulting firm.

Every chapter followed this same format and it really worked. Every chapter was hyper focused on the one principle which made it easy to dive deep.

What I didn’t like: 

The beginning was a bit rough for me, but once I got used to the writing, I sailed through the book. It took me time to get used to the sharp, military-esque writing.

Overall thoughts and opinions: 

The ideas contained in this book are simple, but not easy. In order to be a great leader, one needs to be comfortable straddling a line of seemingly impossible dichotomies, but as explained in the book, they make perfect sense.

These guys are no-nonsense people and the book is written in the same way. More than once I was ready to sign up to be a SEAL and then I remembered who I ACTUALLY am and that I’m not really SEAL material. That kind of inspiration is all throughout the book, though. Leadership is not easy, but they demonstrate that anybody who is willing can learn these principles and take their leadership to a place it could never have been otherwise.

I’ve learned so much by reading this and I’m ready to apply these principles in areas where I lead, too. I HIGHLY recommend anyone who leads in any capacity anywhere reads this book. At least once. Five stars for sure!

5 star rating

Learn more about the book, about Jocko, and about Leif.