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My next book: Leadership Strategy and Tactics by Jocko Willink

Last summer I had the pleasure of reading Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. I also created a blog in which I recapped each chapter and wrote of how I felt it related to my career in educational leadership. Since then, the authors wrote The Dichotomy of Leadership and most recently, Jocko Willink wrote Leadership Strategy and Tactics. Unfortunately, I did not realize they had come out with their second book before starting to read Leadership Strategy and Tactics. I will circle back and read their second book after finishing this one.

In their first two books, the authors explained the principles of combat leadership and how they apply to business and life. In this third book, the shift goes from what and how the leadership principles apply, to how to effectively apply them. That is, how the leader must understand the tactical skills, strategic maneuvers, and communication practices used to effectively utilize the principals of leadership. It has two parts, Leadership Strategies, and Leadership Tactics. Each part has between 3 and 4 Sections with each section comprising up to 15 topics. In order to keep my blog from being too lengthy, I will look at topics that comprise about 50 pages.

In the early ’90s, the Navy SEAL training program had not yet developed formalized leadership instruction for its cadets. Also, when a cadet graduated from BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demotion / SEAL Training, they had not yet received any tactical training. What was utilized was what the author referred to as on the job training (OJT). After BUD/S, cadets served in three different platoons where they received tactical training. Any type of leadership skills learned depended on the skills of those in charge. As the author states, there were good and bad leaders in command. Consequently, the leadership training was not consistent. Since that time, the author was instrumental in making leadership training a mandatory component that all SEALS experienced. Many of the strategies and leadership skills he speaks of our now integral to how SEAL platoons operate today.

Thanks for reading,

Erik Bentzel

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