The book sums up 12 principles from battle scenes and applies them to real-world business cases, with structure of pre-, in-, and post- the war, under the purpose of LEAD & WIN. (Pre-: the mindset of extreme ownership. In-: the execution of tactics. Post-: the discipline of leadership.)
Leadership, not only goes by the term “lead” but he or she as a real “leader”, should fully understanding the meaning as themselves will be considered as part of the team or group they working for and should be the one who should be truly understanding the objectives of the mission/work in order to have good planning, prepare, and execution.
L- lead, to step forward, knowing you do own the responsibilities for the whole team, takes ownership of everything under your supervision, i.e.: what you do, your teammates, even mistakes that you made etc.
E- expectations, always keeping the highest standards, led by example; remember, people are looking up to you, negativity just like cancer that can spread out to the whole team which can jeopardize the missions.
A- attitude, stay focus of what you do, keeping the same mindset from the beginning till the end; not everything will go as you expected in life, right amount of adjustments, quick response and change on the fly is necessary in-order to help achieve your goal.
D- deviation, it’s ok to make short cuts, but doesn’t mean the same as cutting corners, require you to make the right decisions as a leader to get the job done in the right way and in a timely manner.
E- equality, no one should be excluding from knowing the objective of the job/mission. As the leader, you should ensure everyone is briefly but concise enough to understand the big picture of what they do or why they do.
R- reassessment, never too late to look back of what you had accomplished, you will be amaze how much you can learn from experiences or mistakes that you would had never thought of or considered.
Everyone can be easily calling themselves a leader, but to be a GOOD leader, it requires you to have good leadership. Leadership is a process of social influence which maximizes the efforts of others toward the achievement of a greater good. Know your roll, and understand the truth meaning of responsibility of what you do, stay focus, and be success.
Guidelines from the Book
Principle 1: Extreme Ownership.
Take responsibility for everything and develop the mindset into the team’s culture.
Principle 2: No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders.
Focus on the mission, improve, add capability, and push the standards higher.
Principle 3: Believe.
Understanding why the mission and down the chain before execution.
Principle 4: Check the Ego.
Check own ego, deal with others’ ego, humbly.
Principle 5: Cover and Move.
Generate team work inside and outside the system.
Principle 6: Simple.
Plans and orders must be communicated in a manner that is simple, clear, and concise.
Principle 7: Prioritize and Execute.
Step back and determine the priority, shift and change when needed.
Principle 8: Decentralized Command.
Build trust and back up the decentralized command.
Principle 9: Plan.
Understanding the intent before making details to brief checklist, then debrief and develop.
Principle 10: Leading Up and Down the Chain of Command.
Lead everyone in your world, subordinates and superiors alike.
Principle 11: Decisiveness amid Uncertainty.
There is no 100% right solutions, make the best decisions based on the information available.
Principle 12: Discipline Equals Freedom.
Discipline makes you execute faster, sharper, more efficient and creative.