Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

Extreme Ownership

By Jocko Willink & Leif Babin

  • Release Date: 2015-10-20
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 5
From 279 Ratings


The #1 New York Times bestseller

"An incredible book... you teach guys and gals about leadership and you've helped not only military guys but families." —Megyn Kelly

"You show in the book how to motivate... thanks for writing the book Extreme Ownership." —Bill O'Reilly

"[Jocko] is the co-author of an incredible new book - which I've been loving. Trust me. Buy it." —Tim Ferriss

"This is a life-learning lesson for everyone... the book is awesome." —Sean Hannity

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.


  • Fantastic!

    By Tigerlily137
  • Every leader needs to read this book!

    By theskillets
    This is an excellent leadership book. Any leader in any industry should read this. The information is direct and applicable in the business world.
  • Excellent

    By Gffhdy
    Best book ever written on the subject of leadership, in my opinion.
  • Becoming a leader or already are?

    By Would like this fixed289
    This is a must read for those who are looking to grow your business, improve the quality of your business or team, or start a new business. The key elements this book teaches are really simple to implement and very helpful! Well worth the time it takes to read the book.
  • No Nonsense

    By ExtremeCouture
    This was a great, no nonsense read. A lot of bang for the buck that addresses the common issues and concepts of leadership, what makes it work and what doesn't.
  • Excellent Leadership Book

    By Mark Kuecker
    I've been in the service industry for over three decades, owning a franchise business and working at two different franchise headquarters. This book is not only an interesting read of actual events, but demonstrates actual application to leadership. Extreme Ownership is a must read. It's not just about managing people, it's about managing yourself - which ultimately is where responsibility lies.
  • Practical and Genuine Guidance

    By Smith Boykin
    This book is the real deal. There is nothing artificial or gimmicky inside. Jocko and Leif weave practical and practicable leadership lessons throughout entertaining narratives covering their military and business-consulting careers. And they do so with sincere humility, not false bravado. The result is a highly motivational text that shows personal and business leadership (at various levels - not simply the top) to be both an approachable topic and an attainable goal for everyone.
  • Finding the discipline

    By B4reel
    Great practical read on how military lessons learned translate to business. It's true, most of this might be common sense. However, the test is in executing. Good text to keep as a reference text.
  • Takes a leader to become a leader

    By mohpor
    I have come to know “Extreme Ownership” just in time I needed it. I was looking for some book or frankly, any material available, to help me get to MY next level, and I always have been a leader by heart, and a team leader for some time. What I got from reading “Extreme Ownership” which took me quite some time to read and digest, was that I have to be humble! After finishing the book I could defintely define myself a humbler person and a humbler leader for sure. I think the Extreme part of the title is very apt to defining the length authors (Both Leif and Jocko) had to go to make it engraved in my mind to BE HUMBLE. Of course many other pointers come up in the book, but this one is the most prominent. If you can lead yourself, you can lead anyone! Most leadership porblems are somehow related to this fact that leadership begins from within. There is no book that defines this finer than “Extreme Ownership”. Loved it and will read it once again.
  • Great read

    By Rubaduble
    I enjoyed the stories and how the authors relate their experiences to an application in leadership. If you are thinking of reading this book- DON'T HESITATE! I will not only read this book again, but I intend to have my team read it as well. There are many lessons that emerging leaders can apply to strengthen their style of leadership. Thank you Jocko and Leif for sharing your story and inspiring me!