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Jocko Willink Quotes

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Jocko Willink quotes: here are some tips from retired SEAL, podcast pro, author, and epic human, Jocko Willink.

“It’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate.”

“When setting expectations, no matter what has been said or written, if substandard performance is accepted and no one is held accountable — if there are no consequences — that poor performance becomes the new standard.  Therefore, leaders must enforce standards.”

“Extreme ownership is a mindset, an attitude.”

“Aftermath.  Do the work.‬  Do the work every day.‬”

“A leader must be strong but likewise have endurance, not only physically but mentally.”

“Good leaders don’t make excuses.  Instead, they figure out a way to get it done.”

“A leader must be aggressive but not overbearing.”

“The book derives its title from the underlying principle — the mindset — that provides the foundation for all the rest: Extreme Ownership.  Leaders must own everything in their world.  There is no one else to blame.”

“Discipline equals freedom.”

“Implementing extreme ownership requires checking your ego and operating with a high degree of humility.  Admitting mistakes, taking ownership, and developing a plan to overcome challenges are integral to any successful team.”

“A leader has nothing to prove, but everything to prove.”

“Discipline in such a situation started with the little things: high-and-tight haircuts, a clean shave everyday, and uniforms maintained.  With that, the more important things fell into place: body armor and helmets worn outdoors at all times and weapons cleaned and ready for use at a moment’s notice.  Discipline created vigilance and operational readiness, which translated to high performance and success on the battlefield.”

“It is essential to develop a standardized planning process.”

“A leader must exercise extreme ownership.  Simultaneously, that leader must employ decentralized command.”

“A leader must be attentive to details but not obsessed with them.”

“A leader must be confident but never cocky.”

“To implement real change, to drive people to accomplish something truly complex or difficult or dangerous… you can’t make people do these things.  You have to lead them.”

“Leadership requires belief in the mission and unyielding perseverance to achieve victory.”

“Every leader must be able to detach from the immediate tactical mission and understand how it fits into strategic goals.”

“Relax.  Look around.  Make a call.”

“Human beings are generally not capable of managing more than 6 to 10 people — particularly when things go sideways and inevitable contingencies arise.”

“Departments and groups within the team must break down silos, depend on each other, and understand who depends on them.”

“A leader must be close with subordinates but not too close.”

“Leading people is the most challenging and, therefore, the most gratifying undertaking of all human endeavors.”

“A leader must lead but also be ready to follow.”

“If your boss isn’t making a decision in a timely manner or providing the necessary support for you and your team, don’t blame the boss.  First, blame yourself.  Examine what you can do to better convey the critical information for decisions to be made and support allocated.”

“Leadership doesn’t just flow down the chain of command, but up as well.”

“Discipline starts every day when the first alarm clock goes off in the morning.  The moment the alarm goes off is the first test; it sets the tone for the rest of the day.  The test is not a complex one: when the alarm goes off, do you get up out of bed, or do you lie there in comfort and fall back to sleep?  If you have the discipline to get out of bed, you win — you pass the test.  If you are mentally weak for that moment and you let that weakness keep you in bed, you fail.  Though it seems small, that weakness translates to more significant decisions.  But if you exercise discipline, that too translates to more substantial elements of your life.”

“A leader must have a competitive spirit but also be a gracious loser.”

“Prioritize your problems and take care of them one at a time, the highest priority first.  Don’t try to do everything at once or you won’t be successful.  A leader who tries to take on too many problems simultaneously will likely fail at them all.”

“Waiting for the 100% right and certain solution leads to delay, indecision, and an inability to execute.”

“Ego clouds and disrupts everything.”

“If frontline troops are unclear about the plan and yet are too intimidated to ask questions, the team’s ability to effectively execute the plan radically decreases.”

“Combat is reflective of life, only amplified and intensified.”

“When personal agendas become more important than the team and the overarching mission’s success, performance suffers and failure ensues.”

“A leader must be humble but not passive; quiet but not silent.”

“If you allow the status quo to persist, you can’t expect to improve performance, and you can’t expect to win.”

“Life is a gift.  An amazing gift.  Get out there and live it.”

“The goal of all leaders should be to work themselves out of a job.  When mentored and coached properly, the junior leader can eventually replace the senior leader, allowing the senior leader to move on to the next level of leadership.”

“A leader must be brave but not foolhardy.”

“As a leader, my default setting should be aggressive — proactive rather than reactive.”

“Some of the boldest, most successful plans in history have not come from the senior ranks but from frontline leaders.  Senior leaders simply had the courage to accept and run with them.”

“There can be no leadership when there is no team.”

“If you don’t understand or believe in the decisions coming down from your leadership, it is up to you to ask questions until you understand how and why these decisions are being made.”

“A leader must be calm but not robotic.”

“The temptation to take the easy road is always there.  It is as easy as staying in bed in the morning and sleeping in.  But discipline is paramount to ultimate success and victory for any leader and any team.”

“A good leader does not get bogged down in the minutia of a tactical problem at the expense of strategic success.”

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