Extreme Ownership

Extreme Ownership Summary

An updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership book 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.

Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin’s SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, 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 that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After departing the SEAL Teams, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies, Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields.

Now, detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.

A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.

Book Reviews


Great Stories3 star

I liked the stories that really helped understand and set home the points. Just felt like it may of missed out on some content or more stories to really bring home the point. Book seemed rushed.35


Inspiring5 star

Great insights and applicable concepts to lead and influence a team. Clear and precise principles that are proven. Love reading about the tribulations in the battlefield that are applied to leadership in the safe confines of business world.55


Solid5 star

A solid book on leadership. I came in a bit skeptical, but was thoroughly surprised by the fundamental principles laid down. And while not anything particularly new, a good reminder that leadership doesn’t require the latest novel anthropology studies or psychology research, but committed individuals with intestinal fortitude to do what’s right.55


Great Book4 star

Love it. Easy to understand, great examples. This book should be on every entrepreneur list.45


Great read for a developing leader5 star

Useful and practical information that’s explained in a way that’s easy to understand and apply to one’s own situation. I also found it to be quite enjoyable and informational in regards to the US’s presence in Ramadi.55


Great book5 star

Great blend of ideas and situational examples to show examples of application.55

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Great book5 star

Highly recommend this book for mental approaches to tough situations.55


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Great Read55


Amazing5 star

Hands down the best book I have read recently. Practical in every situation. Thanks Jocko and Lief!55

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