Extreme ownership is the dominant theme in this book. The authors suggest that extreme ownership can play a big role in making a team, an organization, or even an individual, win. The emphasis is put on leaders to demonstrate extreme ownership in all ranks, meaning that responsibility exist for all. They must be prepared to deal with the consequences of their decisions, and avoid shifting blame to their juniors and subordinates. By demonstrating this, the leaders will inculcate a sense of accepting responsibility throughout the chain of command (Wieckowski, 2018). Everyone will feel obligated to perform his/her duties to the expected standards and will not shift blames and excuses to others. In the long run, an individual or a team that embraces extreme ownership will realize a greater ease in implementing the objectives for a mission.
In one of the combat experiences, Willink was able to prove how this principle of extreme ownership can work. The blue-on-blue friendly fire incident was considered as one of the SEALs’ deadly sins, and Willink found himself in this situation because he had never anticipated it. He pondered and asked himself many questions about what went wrong, and it was a bit difficult for him to blame his juniors. He resorted to taking the blame himself, where it was a difficult decision for him to make. Fortunately, the move had positive impact on the mission, specifically where the attitude of his juniors had of him were concerned.