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 book.5 star

Nice Job Jocko! Great book, great lessons.55

Least Coast

Entertaining, inspirational, insightful5 star

Part modern special forces biography, part business book, part self-help. This book fulfills multiple missions in an organized and easily-consumed manner.55


Must read5 star

This book is grabbing and more informative than you would know. Love and recommend it.55

Saw It!!

Awesome5 star

Helps you realize it’s mostly my fault.55


Life changing5 star

Motivating and life changing book will get you to reflect on life, family, and business.55


Truly a life changing book5 star

One of the best books I've ever read. It really helped me be a better CEO and a better leader55


Just wow.5 star

This book here is by far one of the best leadership books I have came across. I would write a longer review but I have to get back to the book. Its so good!55


Management Based on the Principles of Combat4 star

Great book from an interesting vantage point. The books principals are a apparent and concrete. Would recommend even if your not familiar with the military. Laith Baben’s voice isn’t bad to listen to either.45

Zac Harshy

Masterful5 star

These two retired navy seals tell an incredible story while simultaneously sowing in leadership and life lessons that are incredibly practical and can be implemented immediately.55


Great book5 star

Learned alot from this book55

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