"With so much of this audiobook illustrated by the authors' battlefield experiences, their dramatic, often combative, narration is not entirely out of place...the authors grasp the awesome responsibilities of leading, and their assertive performances convey an urgency that makes this lesson memorable." — AudioFile Magazine
The importance of balance as a leader by the #1 New York Times bestselling 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 bestselling 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’ve read this book and listened to the audio version several times. It provides an invaluable resource for leaders and subordinates alike regardless of industry or profession. The lessons learned through combat and their application to business and life can be easily understood and utilized by anyone who interfaces with them.
Incredible book on how to lead in your everyday life.
A Must Read!
Great book for the inexperienced or wise leader. Lots of great points that usefully in every day life both from a personal and professional standpoint. I would definitely recommend this book and intend to pass this on to my peers as it was was passed on to me.