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

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Jocko Willink, Leif Babin

8 Hours 26 Minutes

Macmillan Audio

October 2015

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'These guys are intense. And they bring that same fire to their narration in the audiobook. Listen to these insanely competent SEAL officers tell you exactly how to make a team successful through their firsthand experiences in business and combat.' - The Hustle

An updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership audiobook that took America and the world by storm, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.

Combat, the most intense and dynamic environment imaginable, teaches the toughest leadership lessons, with absolutely everything at stake. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin learned this reality first-hand on the most violent and dangerous battlefield in Iraq. As leaders of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, their mission was one many thought impossible: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a violent, insurgent-held city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping, firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories, they learned that leadership—at every level—is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.

Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training to pass on their harsh lessons learned in combat to help forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After leaving the SEAL Teams, they launched a company, Echelon Front, to teach those same leadership principles to leaders in businesses, companies, and organizations across the civilian sector. Since that time, they have trained countless leaders and worked with hundreds of companies in virtually every industry across the U.S. and internationally, teaching them how to develop their own high-performance teams and most effectively lead those teams to dominate their battlefields.

Since it’s release in October 2015, Extreme Ownership has revolutionized leadership development and set a new standard for literature on the subject. Required listening for many of the most successful organizations, it has become an integral part of the official leadership training programs for scores of business teams, military units, and first responders. Detailing the mindset and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult combat missions, Extreme Ownership demonstrates how to apply them to any team or organization, in any leadership environment. A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.

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    This is a great book. Really helps define the most important aspects of leadership. Made me re-evaluate my performance as a leader and what I can do to improve my abilities to help my team succeed. The narrator is very good. Since they are the authors they know what points to emphasize which makes it easier to see the points they are making.

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  • Jenifer Gardner

    Excellent for management and leadership, but I was struck by how the principles could work in a home as a mother with children. Fascinating tales of real military operations.

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  • Rachel Kreitz

    Great book!

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  • juan rodriguez

    man greatly appreciate the dedication and bravery these men have to towards protecting our country. great book!!!

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  • Ryan Ruiz

    Great book. It gets better the more you get into it. Coupling real life situations with the theories helps as well.

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  • Warwick Goldby

    This is well structured, contains simple leadership traits, is explained clearly, and bridges the military-to-corporate application very well. The mission descriptions make this a captivating read, the only part of the book that felt a little tedious (and did make me wonder if I would get through it is the introduction, which explains in detail, that this is not another SEAL tell all book. If you can get through that it is well worth reading. It did a great job in motivating me to follow the Extreme Ownership principles and recommend it to anyone who wants to be or understand what it takes to lead effectively, we can all learn something.

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  • Michael Laczynski

    One of the best books I have ever read. Enthralling from page one all the way to the end. The business principles are unmatched. This is a must read.

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  • Troy Leonard

    Amazing book, got to the heart of what it means to be a leader regardless of your position in life or your profession. Lead from the front is great, but this book taught how to lead from wherever you are.

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  • Jim Heath

    Excellent lessons and having two passionate authors narrate added to the experience VERY good in all aspects

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