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Notes

 

Contents

Introduction

Winning the War Within

Extreme Ownership

No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders

Believe

Check the Ego

The Laws of Combat

Cover and Move

Simple

Prioritize and Execute

Leading Up and Down the Chain of Command

Decisiveness Amid Uncertainty

Discipline Equals Freedom – The Dichotomy of Leadership

 

Introduction

 

Whenever situations come at you fast, remember, “Relax, Look around, Make a call.” In this case, you must make the directions Simple, Prioritize and Execute, and Decentralize Command.

 

Prioritize the pressing tasks

Execute without hesitation

 

Leadership: The single most important factor

Effective leaders lead successful teams that accomplish their mission and wind. Ineffective leaders do not.

 

Winning the War Within

            Extreme Ownership

 

On any team, ALL responsibility for success and failure rests with the leader. The leader must own everything in his or her world. There is no one else to blame. The leader must acknowledge mistakes and admit failures, take ownership of them, and develops a plan to win.

 

You cannot make people do anything; you have to LEAD them.  The best leaders check their egos, accept blame when mistakes happen, they seek constructive criticism and take detailed notes for improvement.

 

            No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders

 

It pays to be a winner, and it sucks to be a loser. Leaders who epitomize Extreme Leadership, they drive their teams to achieve a higher standard. However, it is not what you preach; it is what you tolerate.

 

            Believe

 

To convince and inspire others to follow and accomplish a mission, a leader must be a true believer in the mission.

 

            Check the Ego

 

Ego clouds and disrupts everything: the planning process, the ability to take good advice, and capacity to accept constructive criticism. The ego to deal with is your own. You must operate with a high degree of humility, admit mistakes, take ownership, and develop a plan to over challenges.

 

The Laws of Combat

            Cover and Move

 

This means teamwork. All elements within the greater team are crucial and must work together to accomplish the mission, mutually supporting one another for that singular purpose. Must break down the silos.

 

            Simple

 

Anything in life has inherent layers of complexities. Simplifying as much as possible is crucial to success. When plans and orders are too complicated, people may not understand them when things go wrong; complexity compounds issues that can spiral out of control.

 

            Prioritize and Execute

 

A leader must remain calm and make the best decision possible. To accomplish this, a leader must Prioritize and Execute. – Relax, look around, make a call

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            Leading Up and Down the Chain of Command

 

Leaders are involved in the planning and execution of tasks, projects ad operations of goals. This information does not readily translate to subordinates. It is paramount to explain to subordinates the mission, and how the roles of each person involved contribute to the big picture.

 

If you superior is not making a timely decision or providing the necessary support for success, do not blame him, blame yourself. Determine what you can do to convey the critical information for decisions to be made. You must push situational awareness up the chain. One of the most important jobs of any leader is to support your own boss.

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            Decisiveness Amid Uncertainty

 

The leader almost never has the complete picture of the situation, action or reaction. Fear can paralyze leaders. It is critical for leaders to act decisively amid uncertainty, make the best decisions they can based on the available information.

Discipline Equals Freedom – The Dichotomy of Leadership

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A leader:

Must also be ready to follow.

Is not intimidated when others step in and take charge.

Be aggressive but not overbearing.

Calm but not robotic.

Be confident but not cocky.

Brave not foolhardy.

Possess a competitive spirit but also, be gracious losers.

Attentive to details but not obsessed by them.

Must be strong and have endurance.

Humble but not passive.

Close with subordinates but not too close.

Display extreme ownership and employ decentralized command.

Has nothing to prove but everything to prove.

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