adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $27.99

Buy for $27.99

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

The importance of balance as a leader by the number-one New York Times best-selling authors of Extreme Ownership.  

Every leader must be ready and willing to take charge, to make hard, crucial calls for the good of the team and the mission. Something much more difficult to understand is that in order to be a good leader, one must also be a good follower. This is a dichotomy - a Dichotomy of Leadership. It is, as authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin explained in their best-selling first audiobook, Extreme Ownership, “Simple, Not Easy”.

Now, in The Dichotomy of Leadership, the authors explain the power inherent in the recognition of the fine line that leaders must walk, balancing between two seemingly opposite inclinations. It is with the knowledge and understanding of this balance that a leader can most effectively lead, accomplish the mission, and achieve the goal of every leader and every team: victory. 

Using examples from the authors' combat and training experience in the SEAL Teams and then showing how each lesson applies to business and in life, Willink and Babin reveal how the use of seemingly opposite principles - leading and following, focusing and detaching, being both aggressive and prudent - require skill, awareness, understanding, and dexterity, all attributes that can be honed. These dichotomies are inherent in many of the concepts introduced in Extreme Ownership and integral to their proper implementation and effectiveness. Dichotomy is essential listening for anyone looking to lead and win.

©2018 Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"With so much of this audiobook illustrated by the authors' battlefield experiences, their dramatic, often combative, narration is not entirely out of place...the authors grasp the awesome responsibilities of leading, and their assertive performances convey an urgency that makes this lesson memorable." (AudioFile Magazine)
 

What listeners say about The Dichotomy of Leadership

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    13,707
  • 4 Stars
    1,261
  • 3 Stars
    241
  • 2 Stars
    53
  • 1 Stars
    39
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    12,285
  • 4 Stars
    959
  • 3 Stars
    201
  • 2 Stars
    47
  • 1 Stars
    31
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    11,955
  • 4 Stars
    1,121
  • 3 Stars
    266
  • 2 Stars
    48
  • 1 Stars
    34

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Good follow-up but uneccesary

The first book in this series, "Extreme Leadership" is a must read and if you have not read it, you should. This follow-up is an expansion and more in-depth exploration of a obvious (but apparently ignored by some readers) concept that all forms and aspects of leadership must be balanced. Every good idea can be taken too far. The dichotomy of leadership and maintaining balance in shifting circumstances, within a group and with individuals, is why leadership is not as easy as simply maximizing a few principals.

Understanding that is important and the examples used in the book are relatable to anyone who has served in combat, but largely, a whole book on this principle is not as desperately called for as are the overall principles from Extreme Leadership, which actually already encompasses the ideas expressed again in this book, in more detail. Bottom line is that it was a good book and worth the time to read it, but it a bit of icing on the cake of the first book and offers some refinement, but nothing earth shattering that you should not already know. Of course, knowing and putting these things into practice are not the same thing. The devil is in the execution and the book does do a fairly good job of showing real life examples as a guide beyond textbook perfection.

46 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Stand By to Get Some.

After listing to this book, my motivation rose by 8000%. An Incredible followup by the 2 of the most incredible men to ever lead the Navy Seals. Dont even think about buying this book, Just do it. Your future self will thank you.

37 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

An Unnecessary Addition

It is an Unnecessary addition to the first book, nothing inherently wrong with this book, other than it was just an unnecessary companion to the first book. I would skip this one and reread the first book if I were you.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

always deliver

I wouldn't start with this book. but a good addition to Extreme Ownership. they always deliver

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • SJ
  • 04-03-19

Just ok

If you've read the 1st book be prepared to hear some of the exact same content. I was a little disappointed to listen to recycled content and felt like the random sound bites plugged into some of the illustrations cheapened the book. It left me feeling like there was more emphasis on creating drama than new usable content.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The perfect sequel to Extreme Ownership

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Extreme Ownership laid the foundation for the message in this book to build off of. This book puts many of the challenges of leadership into perspective and gives you tools to filter the onslaught of questions you face as a leader.

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A must read for every leader

The Dichotomy of Leadership is an outstanding follow up to Extreme Ownership that expands on and hones in on the principles laid out in Extreme Ownership. It is not necessary to have read Extreme Ownership prior to reading the Dichotomy of Leadership but is recommended as the principles are referenced several times throughout the book.

Jocko and Leif continue their same narrative for the chapter layout with a combat or training situation, followed by a thorough explanation of the principle, and the principle applied to a real life business environment.

The book, along with Extreme Ownership, should be required reading for all in any form of leadership.

22 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Perfect Companion to Extreme Ownership

This book can be very emotional at times. Fight through it, it's painful, but it will instill in you any lessons you did not learn reading Extreme Ownership, and reinforce those you did. The authors balance out some ideas from their previous book, helping you to understand how when and why to draw the line, along with more pertinent examples from their service and consulting practice. A glorious read.

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Awesome military stories ordinary business stories

Jocko and Leif are excellent storytellers. Because of it, for sure you will enjoy the book. However, I felt it is more like a military book and not a business book.
Each chapter has two parts: a military example and a business life example, but the military part is always way more detailed, better explained.
This book cannot say anything new after the Extreme Ownership. Actually, you can summarize it in one sentence: Don't go extreme. But it was explained in the previous book too.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic follow up the the first book.

Highly recommend for someone in a leadership role or learning to be a leader, and also for one who want to improve their daily living. I do believe the audio book is a better choice due the the fact it is being read by the authors, and they can set the tone for each point being made. So much can be gleaned from this text, and every revisit to this book, one could find more points that they can take and implement to their leadership and daily life.

5 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ben G
  • Ben G
  • 08-28-19

A great follow up

This is a really great book. I enjoyed the first one a lot, but I'm a big fan of the focus on balance in this one. I think with a lot of 'business' books you'll find that there is a lot of waffle, 8 hours is sometimes 2 hours of content repeated in different ways to fill the pages, but this is not the case with this book. These two obviously have a lot of experience to impart and they deliver it really well.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Carl McC
  • Carl McC
  • 04-25-21

Jocko on point again.

A fascinating insite into the balance that is a constant dance in leadership. The relationship between war and business keeps things interesting, relevant and fresh.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-19

Just brilliant and extremely practical!

A great book for anyone wanting to level up their leadership practices in any domain. Which means it's a must read for everyone! We're all leaders to some capacity.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Paris Kemanes
  • Paris Kemanes
  • 04-05-19

Definitely worth listening. Performance is great

There are some parts that are repeated from the first book. I feel the first book had a lot more insights but this book dives a little deeper, and still has a lot of great content to offer. I would definitely recommend, but if you haven't read Extreme Ownership, I would say it's better to start with that one, before moving to this one

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for TH
  • TH
  • 11-26-21

A must-read for any leader

This is a great follow on from extreme ownership. Highly recommended for anyone who is leading people.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Damian Rees
  • Damian Rees
  • 11-20-21

love these guys

Awesome stories and excellent support for any leader in business or life. excellent stuff.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Arnaud Claudel
  • Arnaud Claudel
  • 11-07-21

Great follow up!

Great follow up with the first book. I recommend reading it, BUT not straight after the first one. Give you some time to digest the first one and try to apply the principles.

I waited a year before having a go, and I think it was worth it. There was a lot of situations described in the second book that I experienced after reading the first book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-13-21

10/10

book is amazing! Great story line, Great goals and a real insight !!!!! must buy!!!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Xan
  • Xan
  • 06-16-21

Really nice audiobook!

I really enjoyed listening to the authors and I actually learnt techniques I implemented in real life!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Andreas Gschwari
  • Andreas Gschwari
  • 05-09-21

Great leadership title

excellent follow up to Extreme Ownership, that adds more context and stimulates thinking around some core leadership principles.