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The importance of balance as a leader by the number-one New York Times best-selling authors of Extreme Ownership.  

Every leader must be ready and willing to take charge, to make hard, crucial calls for the good of the team and the mission. Something much more difficult to understand is that in order to be a good leader, one must also be a good follower. This is a dichotomy - a Dichotomy of Leadership. It is, as authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin explained in their best-selling first audiobook, Extreme Ownership, “Simple, Not Easy”.

Now, in The Dichotomy of Leadership, the authors explain the power inherent in the recognition of the fine line that leaders must walk, balancing between two seemingly opposite inclinations. It is with the knowledge and understanding of this balance that a leader can most effectively lead, accomplish the mission, and achieve the goal of every leader and every team: victory. 

Using examples from the authors' combat and training experience in the SEAL Teams and then showing how each lesson applies to business and in life, Willink and Babin reveal how the use of seemingly opposite principles - leading and following, focusing and detaching, being both aggressive and prudent - require skill, awareness, understanding, and dexterity, all attributes that can be honed. These dichotomies are inherent in many of the concepts introduced in Extreme Ownership and integral to their proper implementation and effectiveness. Dichotomy is essential listening for anyone looking to lead and win.

©2018 Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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The book explains the leadership diachotmy. It focuses on finding the balance that make a great leader.

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amazing book!

chapter 19 is a must listen! great book.authors are very credible and should write more.

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Just the book I was looking for

An awesome book with great information and gripping stories. One of my recent favorites for sure

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I wish all the bosses could read this.<br />

Should be standard material for any management posittion and its only a small number of changes needed usually .

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Awesome, relatable, and inspiring

Absolutely loved the story and the performance. Truly insightful with hard-hitting lessons and examples into leadership. Leading a team, a family or just yourself, everyone can gain knowledge and insight of how to improve all aspects of your life.

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GET SOME.

great read. lots of amazing content to apply to your daily lives to be better leaders in any aspect.

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enjoyed it. Narrator kept the material engaging. amazing stories, and the application to business is expertly done.

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Powerful!

Extreme Ownership is a life changing book by any stretch, but the Dichotomy of Leadership is on a whole different level. The emphasis and emotion Jocko and Leif put into this book is nothing but powerful. If this book doesn't inspire you to get after it like that of the first not much else will.

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Ok follow up to a masterpiece

I am a really big fan of extreme ownership so when this follow up was released it was a no brainer for me. However, once I got into the book I realized it wasn't as insightful as its predecessor. I am not saying this book doesn't have a couple good nuggets it's just not on the same level as the previous installment.

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Fantastic!

A fantastic reference and one of the quintessential modern leadership books out there. A great resource and read in its own right, but even more powerful when read in concert with “Extreme Ownership.” As both a business leader and military officer, I can’t recommend it enough!

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  • Daniel B. Smith
  • 2018-09-26

A must read for every leader

The Dichotomy of Leadership is an outstanding follow up to Extreme Ownership that expands on and hones in on the principles laid out in Extreme Ownership. It is not necessary to have read Extreme Ownership prior to reading the Dichotomy of Leadership but is recommended as the principles are referenced several times throughout the book.

Jocko and Leif continue their same narrative for the chapter layout with a combat or training situation, followed by a thorough explanation of the principle, and the principle applied to a real life business environment.

The book, along with Extreme Ownership, should be required reading for all in any form of leadership.

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  • Ron B
  • 2018-09-25

Stand By to Get Some.

After listing to this book, my motivation rose by 8000%. An Incredible followup by the 2 of the most incredible men to ever lead the Navy Seals. Dont even think about buying this book, Just do it. Your future self will thank you.

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  • Kevin
  • Maricopa, Arizona, United States
  • 2018-10-01

Perfect Companion to Extreme Ownership

This book can be very emotional at times. Fight through it, it's painful, but it will instill in you any lessons you did not learn reading Extreme Ownership, and reinforce those you did. The authors balance out some ideas from their previous book, helping you to understand how when and why to draw the line, along with more pertinent examples from their service and consulting practice. A glorious read.

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  • Kat
  • 2018-10-03

The perfect sequel to Extreme Ownership

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Extreme Ownership laid the foundation for the message in this book to build off of. This book puts many of the challenges of leadership into perspective and gives you tools to filter the onslaught of questions you face as a leader.

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  • Pete
  • 2018-10-03

Outstanding

A phenomenal book by two inspiring leaders and human beings. If you want to become a better leader and build on your leadership ability, READ THIS BOOK!

The fact that the book is narrated by both Jocko and Leif makes it THAT MUCH BETTER!

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  • Rendon Dominguez
  • 2018-10-01

Fantastic!

One of the best books I’ve ever read. A must-read for any leader! Highly recommend

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  • Charis Lee
  • 2018-09-29

Fantastic follow up the the first book.

Highly recommend for someone in a leadership role or learning to be a leader, and also for one who want to improve their daily living. I do believe the audio book is a better choice due the the fact it is being read by the authors, and they can set the tone for each point being made. So much can be gleaned from this text, and every revisit to this book, one could find more points that they can take and implement to their leadership and daily life.

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  • Louis Macareo
  • 2018-11-16

Good follow-up but uneccesary

The first book in this series, "Extreme Leadership" is a must read and if you have not read it, you should. This follow-up is an expansion and more in-depth exploration of a obvious (but apparently ignored by some readers) concept that all forms and aspects of leadership must be balanced. Every good idea can be taken too far. The dichotomy of leadership and maintaining balance in shifting circumstances, within a group and with individuals, is why leadership is not as easy as simply maximizing a few principals.

Understanding that is important and the examples used in the book are relatable to anyone who has served in combat, but largely, a whole book on this principle is not as desperately called for as are the overall principles from Extreme Leadership, which actually already encompasses the ideas expressed again in this book, in more detail. Bottom line is that it was a good book and worth the time to read it, but it a bit of icing on the cake of the first book and offers some refinement, but nothing earth shattering that you should not already know. Of course, knowing and putting these things into practice are not the same thing. The devil is in the execution and the book does do a fairly good job of showing real life examples as a guide beyond textbook perfection.

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  • meleeza brown
  • 2018-10-02

THANK YOU

YOU GUYS CHANGED MY LIFE!!!!!

THANK YOU so much.... my leadership skills are built from the principles you guys describ so clear and direct!!! THANK YOU

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  • eagle8432
  • 2018-10-01

Inspiring

This book was inspiring and easy to read. It is truly a master class on leadership.

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  • Benjamin
  • 2018-11-17

The best books I have ever read about leadership

The two authors are trully humble they deliver amazing content with really clear and applicable advises. Clearly a MUST READ.
It gives principles through examples that you will remember.