A lot of people think that leadership means having all the answers.
Barking orders at your team, hoping they stay in line and obey.
Pretending to know it all even when you don’t.
True leadership is understanding human nature.
What if leaders accepted responsibility for any mistakes made on their teams?
We have to stop thinking of leadership as a destination.
It is a journey where we listen, learn, and strategize with our teams, not for them.
It’s not about ego; it’s about humility, balance, accountability, and execution.
In today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about the art of leadership with a retired Navy SEAL officer and business consultant: Jocko Willink.
Jocko Willink is a decorated retired Navy SEAL officer, author of the book ‘Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win,’ and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he is a leadership instructor, speaker, and executive coach.
Jocko spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising the ranks to become a SEAL officer. As commander of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser during the battle of Ramadi, he orchestrated SEAL operations that helped the “Ready First” Brigade of the U.S. Army’s First Armored Division bring stability to the violent, war-torn city. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the Iraq War. Jocko returned from Iraq to serve as Officer-In-Charge of Training for all West Coast SEAL Teams. There he spearheaded the development of leadership training and personally instructed and mentored the next generation of SEAL leaders who have continued to perform with great success on the battlefield.
In 2010, Jocko retired from the Navy and launched Echelon Front with Leif Babin, where he teaches the leadership principles he learned on the battlefield to help others lead and win.
Jocko has put together leadership principles that will help you become a successful leader.
So get ready to learn the art of strategy and leadership on Episode 871.