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 wrote in their bestselling first book 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 reading for anyone looking to lead and win.
About Jocko Willink
JOCKO WILLINK and LEIF BABIN served as U.S. Navy SEAL officers in the toughest urban combat mission in the history of the SEAL teams. Their unit remains the most highly decorated special operations unit in the Iraq War. After returning, Babin and Willink formed Echelon Front, a leadership training company that teaches others to build and lead their own winning teams using lessons learned from the battlefield. Their first book, Extreme Ownership, is a #1 New York Times bestseller.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP
"Until this point in my life, I've never read a book that reveals the truths of leadership in such detail and rawness. The true value of this book cannot be quantified in words." --Pete Roberts, Co-Founder & CEO, Origin Maine USA
"The Dichotomy of Leadership needs to come with a warning label: BRUTALLY HONEST. Finally, a book that tells the truth on how hard and complex it can be to tackle leadership challenges." --Lindi Horton, Director of Cloud Services, Cyber Security Company
"Inspiring, practical, and honest lessons that transcend the battlefield. Buy this book, read it, and apply the lessons to any challenge." --Sarah Armstrong, CFO, Mesa Technical Associates
"The Dichotomy of Leadership provides even more depth and dimension to the principles of Extreme Ownership." --Sonja Winkler, Senior Director of Operations, Nashville Symphony
"Jocko and Leif have done the impossible. The Dichotomy of Leadership is better than Extreme Ownership. In this book they refine the principles that made two of the leading voices in management and leadership today. All of the questions your team asked after reading Extreme Ownership are answered. The nuance provided in The Dichotomy of Leadership is exactly what our team needed to fully implement Extreme Ownership. " --Bryce Maddock, CEO, TaskUs
"Even better than Extreme Ownership. It's FREAKING AWESOME." --Joe Masciantonio, Vice President of Sales, The Nature's Bounty Company