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


Amazing5 star

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


Goof5 star



Pretty good 4/54 star

I enjoyed the book and the principles that were introduced. I liked the connections to business, warfare and life. The stories and concepts were good. Some of the book was slightly repetitive but I chugged through and would say I liked the book.45


Great5 star

Great book for personal development.55


Great read for everyone1 star

I have implemented Extreme Ownership in my day to day life. Weather it be something small or big, I make sure to always come back and remember this book to be the best leader I can possibly be. Amazing lay out as well.15

Lopro C-los

Great book!5 star

Can be applied in my line of work!!55


Extreme Ownership5 star

Clear Concise and Courageous! Great life skills abound in this masterpiece.55


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

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