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When it comes to working as a team to accomplish a mission, these four principles work from the battlefield to the boardroom.

Key Principles:

  • Alignment: Cover and move as a team to accomplish the mission.
  • Clarity: Keep the plan simple enough for everyone to communicate it.
  • Priority: Execute on the most important strategic objectives first.
  • Empowerment: Decentralize command to let everyone make decisions.

Quote This:

It is crucial, particularly for leaders at the top of the organization, to “pull themselves off the firing line,” step back, and maintain the strategic picture.  – Leif Babin

See Also: Leadership, Success

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Which of these four principles is your team’s strongest point? Which is the weakest? Explain.
  3. Explain how “cover and move” applies to your team. Give an example.
  4. Make a list of the things you need to simplify in your organization. How has complexity hurt your team?
  5. What are the top three priorities for your team right now? How long will it take to execute on those priorities?
  6. How many people on your team would say they feel empowered to make important decisions? How confident are you in their ability to make the right decisions?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

This is part of the Navy Seals Leadership series adapted from the book Extreme Ownership by Jakko Willink and Leif Babin.