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Ex-navy SEAL discusses his book and his views on leadership

‘Extreme ownership’ is a mind-set of ‘there is nobody else to blame’.

Leif Babin

Sometimes you have to make tough decisions. But being a slave-driver is not good leadership.

Leif Babin

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed former Navy Seal Leif Babin for his weekly business book review.

Babin spoke about a new book he co-authored (“Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win”), his views on leadership and the state of the US.

Description of “Extreme Ownership” on Amazon:

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 first-hand 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 organisations.

From promising start-ups 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 organisation.

Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as “Cover and Move”, “Decentralised 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” revolutionises business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfil their ultimate purpose: lead and win.

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