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Planning. Verticality. Decisiveness. Discipline. These final four principles can help you maintain the leader’s edge - on the battlefield or in life.
Adapted from the book Extreme Ownership by Jakko Willink and Leif Babin.
- Planning: Create a strategy that clarifies “Commander’s Intent”.
- Verticality: Learn to communicate up and down the chain of command.
- Decisiveness: Make the call even before you have all the facts.
- Discipline: Self-control leads to more freedom, not less.
A broad and ambiguous mission results in lack of focus, ineffective execution, and mission creep.
See Also: Executives, Teams
Talk About It
- What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
- Which of these four principles is your team’s strongest point? Which is the weakest? Explain.
- Are there plans in place for your organization to be more standardized or more ambiguous? Explain.
- How can you make your planning process simpler, more actionable, or repeatable for your team?
- As a leader, how clear are your intentions to your team? When have you listened and used feedback from your team?
- When have you made a good decision with the best information you had at the time? When have you waited too long to make a decision? What happened?
- How can you find the balance between working within established procedures and having freedom to be creative?
- As a leader, how can you be aggressive without being overbearing?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.
This is part of the Navy SEALS Leadership series.