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The first four principles for winning in business and in life have nothing to do with luck or environment. It's all about who you are on the inside.

Key Principles:

  • Ownership: All responsibility for every failure rests with the leader.
  • Accountability: There are only two types of leaders – effective and ineffective.
  • Buy-In: The leader has to be a true believer in the mission and vision.
  • Humility: Ego clouds and disrupts everything.

Quote This:

“…When it comes to standards, as a leader, it’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate.” – Leif Babin

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Which of the four principles stand out most to you, and why?
  3. Which principle is your strongest personally? Which is your weakest?
  4. What happens to a team where the top leaders don’t take extreme ownership? Give an example.
  5. “There are no bad teams, only bad leaders.” Agree or disagree? Explain.
  6. What are some signs that someone is failing to buy into the team’s mission? Do you have someone on your team like that?
  7. Give an example of ego disrupting the team.
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

This is part of the Navy Seals Leadership series. Click here for the book.