The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin – Three Quick Observations/Lessons

One of my two selections for the November First Friday Book Synopsis

One of my two selections for the November First Friday Book Synopsis

…he quickly gets “task saturated.” “Task saturated” was a term we used in the SEAL Teams to describe how an individual, or a team, would get overwhelmed when multiple problems were encountered simultaneously.
The Dichotomy of Leadership


I’m feeling a little  task-saturated at the moment. Too many things to do; too many books to read.  But I have just finished my synopsis handout for the very good follow-up book to Extreme Ownership.  Here are just a few quick thoughts prompted by my reading The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.

(I am presenting my synopsis this Friday at the First Friday Book Synopsis, and will write my usual “lessons and takeaways” blog post one day next week).

#1 – These writers are very good explainers.  This is a critical communication ability. People have too much information. Information overload is very real. But we all read things we do not understand.  These former Navy SEALs are very good at describing and explaining what they mean. This is really helpful.

#2 – Repetition, repetition, repetition.  They are very dedicated to the value of repetition in training, and in work.  You don’t get good at something without repeating it often, many times, over and over and over again.  They will remind you of this.

#3 – Successfully Completing the Mission trumps everything. I have been saying to groups for quite some time that ultimately what really natters is producing the results that are needed. This book reinforces this.  They use military terms, and in this case, the term is “Commander’s Intent – “the greater purpose behind the mission.”  But their point is this – accomplishing the mission is more important that any one person, and his/her feelings, or job or…

Extreme OwnershipI’ll write more soon.  But I will make this recommendation:  if you are in any kind of leadership position, or aspire to such, you would be helped by reading the two books Extreme Ownership andThe Dichotomy of Leadership.

Her is my blog post on their first book: Here are my 8 Lessons and Takeaways from Extreme Ownership by former Navy SEALs Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.


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