A central tenant of strong leadership is being invested in and taking ownership of your team’s tasks. Coaches are in a leadership role, but unfortunately not all coaches are strong leaders. This week’s episode looks at the book Extreme Ownership by former Navy SEALs Jocko Willink and Leif Babin and discusses what ownership means, what it is made of, and lessons coaches can use to improve their leadership.
Extreme ownership is a topic that often comes up with things go wrong. It is easy to start pointing fingers and laying blame for why things went wrong. For someone taking ownership, it isn’t about that at all. They may take the blame, but their focus is on fixing it. By owning the issue they realize they have the power to move the project forward. Just think, if you are the owner of a house and a pipe burst, do you spend all your time analyzing why it happened? Or is your first priority fixing the leak? Owners want things running smoothly.
As outlined in Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, there are many facets of extreme ownership. In the episode we walk through our favorite momemnts from the book, including a deep discussion on the following points:There are no bad teams, only bad leaders. The leader's attitude sets the tone for the entire team. Click To Tweet When it comes to performance standards is not what you preach; it's what you tolerate. Click To Tweet Prioritize and execute . . . Prioritize your tasks and take them one at a time. Click To Tweet
Inform you athletes, but don't overload them. Everyone needs to be on the same page to buy in. Click To Tweet Discipline = freedom. Click To Tweet
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- Many of the topics discussed on today’s episode will be at the center of our upcoming seminar in London on May 20 with John Kiely and myself. We will discuss topics like periodization, performance, planning, and more in detail, including real world examples of smart planning in practice. Check out the feedback from our last edition of the event as well as a sneak peek of this edition. Registration and additional details can be found here.
- You can get the book on Amazon: Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win. Willink also has a forthcoming novel Way of the Warrior Kid: From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way and the playlist Psychological Warfare
- You can find out about the podcast here. Both hosts are on twitter: @jockowillink and @echocharles
- Many of the lessons outline in the book also line up those we discussed from Pete Carroll’s book on Episode 91.
- Also mentioned on this podcast were the books Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers and The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss. Jocko was also a guest on Ferriss’s podcast.