Episode#5 – Extreme Ownership

Extreme Ownership

by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin


The book in one sentence

“There are no bad teams, only bad leaders” – Jocko Willink and Leif Babin


My personal opinion

I still can remember how I heard about Extreme Ownership. It was summer ’17 and I was listening to a lot of podcasts during my vacation. One episode was from the Tim Ferriss show. Jocko Willink was interviewed in this episode and I was very impressed by his story and his strong mindset. After listening to the podcast, I immediately ordered Extreme Ownership and started to read.

In general, I think the mindset of Extreme Ownership is important to take responsibility for your life. The principles of Extreme Ownership can be applied to many situations, not only in military or business. It makes you realize that YOU are responsible for your success, for your actions. At the end there is no one else to blame than you. Understanding this, it will make you more self-confident, more thoughtful and more encouraged to take the right decisions.

Especially, I like the structure of the book. Every chapter starts with a real-life Navy Seals experience, followed by the explanation of the underlaying principle and ends with how it can be applied to business. This makes the book very entertaining.

To whom I would recommend this book

This is a must-read for everyone!


What I learned from this book

  • It is all about the team.
  • If there is no leadership, there is no team.
  • Facing difficult situations: relax, look around, make a call.
  • Successful leaders focus on their mission and how best to accomplish it.
  • Successful leaders make their team believe in the mission, believe in the plan and trust in their leader.
  • Leading teams, encourage innovation and input from everyone.
  • Extreme ownership means that as a leader you “set ego aside, accept responsibility for failures, attack weaknesses and consistently work to build a better and more effective team.”
  • Success is the result of determination, will, innovation and communication with your team.
  • Set the right standards and keep them. Do not tolerate lower standards.
  • If you do not understand something, ask.
  • Break down your internal (communication and information) silos.
  • Keep it clear, simple and concise.
  • Prioritise, execute.
  • Trust your team to make the right decisions. Back them up if they did something wrong.
  • A team should be not bigger than six to ten people.
  • In life there is – most of the time – no 100 percent right solution. Accept that.


Want to read this book?

Check it out on Amazon.com – Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin



Thanks to the publisher for printing such a great book!

macmillan publishers