Aggressive, Not Reckless

Jocko and Leif wrote Dichotomy of Leadership as a follow-up to Extreme Ownership: How Navy SEALs Lead and Win and dive deep into the most challenging aspect of leading people. Understanding how to maintain balance enables leaders to most effectively lead, accomplish the mission, and achieve the ultimate goal: VICTORY.

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Effective teams are disciplined but not rigid. Jocko and Leif share the importance of a team that can think and solve problems when challenges arise. They also discuss the importance of balance and having a doctrine of standard operating procedures for when challenges reoccur. Dive deeper into this chapter through role play demonstrations and application exercises with examples of what to do and what NOT to do to LEAD and WIN. Leaders earn a certificate of completion when passing the Learning Check at the end of the course.

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Ch. 6: Aggressive, Not Reckless 

Leaders should always default to aggressively solving problems, but there are times that hesitation may allow a leader to further understand a situation. In this course, you will learn how to be Aggressive, Not Reckless by finding the balance between proactively solving problems and delaying action to prevent reckless decisions.  The course includes combat examples, a detailed explanation of the principle, direct application to business with multiple examples, and role play demonstrations of what to do and what not to do. Knowledge is tested through three interactive application exercises and five learning check questions. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Define Default: Aggressive in a leadership context 

  • Determine how to balance between being aggressive toward a problem or not taking action 

  • Understand when to step back and be more cautious 

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