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The Dichotomy of Leadership

Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Sequel to the multimillion-selling Extreme Ownership.

Over 150 weeks spent on best-seller lists.

Creator of the number one Business podcast - over 500K downloads per week.

In The Dichotomy of Leadership, decorated former US Navy SEAL officers Jocko Willink and Leif Babin show you how to walk the fine line of being a true leader to accomplish missions in your personal and business lives and achieve the goal of every team: victory. 

Using lessons learned from the authors' elite combat and training experiences, Willink and Babin reveal how the use of opposing principles - leading while following, focusing and detaching, being aggressive yet prudent - will heighten your awareness, deepen your understanding, improve your dexterity and hone your ability to lead and win. 

'Leadership is simple, but not easy.' (Jocko Willink & Leif Babin)

©2018 Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (P)2018 Pan Macmillan AU

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Basically continuing on from the first book.

If you have listened/read to the first book - extreme ownership -, you will enjoy this book. It answers a lot of the questions I had, or problems I thought of while progressing through the first book. As too much ownership can be detrimental and probably end up doing the opposite effect the book initially claimed.

This book discusses accounts with individuals who have read the first book and acted upon its advice that has turned to the worst and Jocko/Leif giving assistance and guidance getting them back on track. It also has littered through the book more scenarios used within combat/training that discusses leadership from their previous experience within the Navy Seals. Overall its a great addition and I read the books one after each other. I do feel however -Extreme ownership- is the stronger book out of the two. But more or less feels an expansion of extreme ownership than a standalone book... if that make sense. But that could be a good thing as it flows nicely on wards to continue telling the story/advice.

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Outstanding read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! lots of lessons told in an easy to understand and put into practice way. I'm honestly hoping the authors come together and produce a third book to accompany the first two. Definately worth the read.

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A great listen with practical application

An interesting perspective on leadership coupled with engaging stories and practical examples to use in everyday life

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Consume. This. Now.

This and Extreme Ownership apply to damn near everything in life in the most uncanny way and it’s glorious. As you go through it you’ll find that situation you encounter, personal or professional, can/will file neatly under a chapter title from either book.
Read it. Apply it. Thrive.

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Adds nuance and balance to Lessons in EO

Structure in a similar way to Extreme Ownership, The Dichotomy of Leadership injects additional meaning to what a well rounded leader should be. TDOL helps clarify areas from EO by tempering the advice with the complexity that is apparent in real decision making paradigms.

It has the usual mix of military and business case studies, which are very welcome. However it probably had ever so slightly less business ones this time round.

Either way, devoured this book and would certainly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Extreme Ownership.

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Second Best Leadership Book

The best is their first book "Extreme Ownership". This picks up where that leaves off.

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Bringing Leadership training to forefront

Great to listen to as they apply stories from their service in the armed forces to their lives in the business. they remain humble while delivering true insights

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A must read for every leader

Excellent guidance on how to be your very best as a leader in any capacity or organisation. The story might get a little tiring if you can’t relate to the battlefield scenarios but for everyone else, this is a must read.

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Beast mode

Jocko Willink is one hard motherfuvker. There's no disputing that. The comraderie and lessons learnt from war and military training can be paid forward into business and life in general. Packed full of strategies and tools to win in any situation. Keep your own handy cause theirs a lot of gems in this book

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almost as good as extreme ownership

a little bit repetitive at times but otherwise is a good follow up to the Extreme Ownership book

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  • GJ Grobbelaar
  • 12-10-2019

Puts everthing in perspective!

Great accounts of real world lessons learnt on the battlefield.
Application to bussiness sections are very practical and helpful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-2019

Incredible

Insightful, exciting and well worth the time!

One of my personal favourite audiobook on leadership.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-2019

Great to understand balance required in leaders

Every leader should listen to this. Clearly articulates tough choices needed in some cases that may not be easy or obvious

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-2019

Expands on 'Extreme Ownership' - Worth It!

Jocks and Leif return to narrate their next instalment, an expansion on Extreme Ownership. So rear or listen to that first, this will make more sense. In saying that, they do repeat some things from the first book, but it goes a long way to further critical analysis of the concepts in Extreme Ownership AND to ensure there is clear understanding of the dichotomy that does exist in leadership.
If you are interested in becoming a better leader, understanding leadership principals or just love the guys talking about their history and lessons, this is a must get - BUT do Extreme Ownership first. Enjoy

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  • Chris
  • 28-11-2018

awesome!!

Jocko and Leif absolutely nail this book from start to finish! Highly recommended for coaches, managers, leaders of all kinds.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-11-2018

Great book

is there an eddition on implimentation. that would be real. great to seal the deal

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-2018

An excellent follow up to Extreme Ownership

If Jocko says jump you say “how high sir”. Highly recommended and important book for leaders trying to hone their skills and potential.