Jason Gardner

Leadership INSTRUCTOR

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Jason Gardner

Leadership Instructor

Jason Gardner is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL and combat leader, now serving as a leadership instructor with Echelon Front. With three decades of experience in the SEAL teams, Jason has participated in combat operations in Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. As the Command Master Chief of SEAL Team Five and Training Detachment, he effectively implemented the leadership principles taught by Echelon Front, witnessing their success in real-time.


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“Jason provided an outstanding service for our officers, and we really appreciated the course”

– Assistant Fire Chief, Washington State

Jason really captivated our audience for the full hour. His stories of combat and leadership were brought back to family and were made relatable. Excellent.”
“Jason asked very good, specific questions about our team and our current challenges in preparation for the workshop. The entire team recognized that Jason was an excellent speaker and kept us all on the edge of our seats during the entire workshop. The questions asked during the pre-engagement were incorporated into the entire workshop. The Extreme Ownership content ties in well with [our team’s] culture.”

    Jason Gardner

    Culture isn’t just a buzzword thrown around in boardrooms—it’s the backbone of any thriving organization. Over the long haul, a strong culture isn’t just desirable; it’s essential for attracting and retaining top talent, fostering a growth mindset, and driving innovation. A robust culture empowers every team member, making them feel
    Micromanagement—just the term is enough to make anyone cringe. It’s like being stuck in traffic when you’re already late—a frustrating experience that can leave you feeling utterly powerless. But let’s not just brush off micromanagement as an annoying quirk of some bosses; there’s a lot more to it than meets
    Have you ever wondered about the real difference between leadership and management? People often throw these terms around like they’re the same thing, but they’re not. Today, I would like to discuss with you the nuances between these two concepts. We’re not going to just scratch the surface; we’ll dig
    Being an Echelon Front instructor, I get asked a lot of common questions. A department head at a U.S. government agency approached me once and asked:  “Where do I start with decentralized command?”  The fourth Law of Combat, Decentralized Command is a situation where everyone leads. A leader defines the
    Putting the mission first is simple. Check your ego. You may find yourself in a situation where all of your efforts are in support of another department, team, or person. Since you are supporting them, that means they will get the bulk of the credit for any successes they experience. You may find yourself resentful in some respect—after all, were it not for your hard work, they would likely not have achieved the success for which they are now getting the credit.
    Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been developed in the military so that commonly performed tasks can be completed in the safest and most efficient manner possible. The military has also developed SOPs to deal with contingencies. When a contingency occurs, training takes over and team members are able to perform under high stress situations like a firefight.

    Jocko Podcast 167 w/ SEAL Master Chief, Jason Gardner: Lessons on War, Leadership, and Life (Pt.1)

    0:00:00 - Opening
    0:02:50 - Master Chief, Jason Gardner.  War, Life, and Leadership.
    2:12:00 - Support: How to stay on THE PATH.
    2:47:46 - Closing Gratitude.

    Jocko Podcast 168 w/ SEAL Master Chief, Jason Gardner Pt.2: Lessons on Leadership and Life

    0:00:00 - Opening
    0:02:14 - Jason Gardner, cont.
    2:33:13 - Support: How to stay on THE PATH.
    2:59:32 - Closing Gratitude.

    Jocko Podcast 179 w/ Jason Gardner: The Long Game. Millennials, Mindset, & Mistakes from Battle

    0:00:00 – Opening.
    0:02:53 - Playing The Long Game. Millennials, Mindset, and Leadership Mistakes from Battle.
    2:17:39 - Final thoughts and take-aways.
    2:22:17 - Support: How to stay on THE PATH. 
    2:49:48 - Closing Gratitude.