The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win (Unabridged)
by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin
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The importance of balance as a leader by the number-one New York Times best-selling authors of Extreme Ownership. Every leader must be ready and willing to take charge, to make hard, crucial calls for the good of the team and the mission. Something much more difficult to understand is that in order to be a good leader, one must also be a good follower. This is a dichotomy - a Dichotomy of Leadership. It is, as authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin explained in their best-selling first audiobook, Extreme Ownership, “Simple, Not Easy”. Now, in The Dichotomy of Leadership, the authors explain the power inherent in the recognition of the fine line that leaders must walk, balancing between two seemingly opposite inclinations. It is with the knowledge and understanding of this balance that a leader can most effectively lead, accomplish the mission, and achieve the goal of every leader and every team: victory. Using examples from the authors' combat and training experience in the SEAL Teams and then showing how each lesson applies to business and in life, Willink and Babin reveal how the use of seemingly opposite principles - leading and following, focusing and detaching, being both aggressive and prudent - require skill, awareness, understanding, and dexterity, all attributes that can be honed. These dichotomies are inherent in many of the concepts introduced in Extreme Ownership and integral to their proper implementation and effectiveness. Dichotomy is essential listening for anyone looking to lead and win.
I very much enjoyed how Jocko and Leif tied their military leadership experience to the business world. Standby to get some!
A great follow up to ‘Extreme Ownership’
For all aspiring leaders
With a heavy focus on "extreme ownership" and balanced leadership, this book was excellent for aspiring leaders. Especially if you have a military background, it was like watching Saving Private Ryan and learning from all of the leadership examples but with a business focus.
The book drives home the extremes of being a laid back leader to an over the top aggressive leader and everything in between. Explaining how our best leadership traits can actually turn into being our worst. A delicate balance of empathy and hardness are needed across the organization - an extreme point in either direction can wreak havoc on morale and employees willingness to follow. The dichotomy piece for being a good leader also means being a good follower and when to do both. Trusting the smart people you hire to do the right thing and embolden them with the power to do it and get things done. This book is also very good for leaders in the military transitioning into the public sector, carrying the vital leadership skills you learn in the military and applying them to business situations.
If you like cool military stories that get applied to business acumen then this book is for you. If you are not a fan of the military then you might want to consider another leadership book.