Jocko Willink Explains Respect, Influence and Leadership | Impact Theory

ABOUT JOCKO WILLINK

John Gretton “Jocko” Willink is a retired US Navy SEAL who is also a Podcaster and Author. He is the recipient of the Silver Star and Bronze Star for his actions as the commander of SEAL Team 3’s Task Unit Bruiser, the most decorated SEAL unit in the Battle of Ramadi against Iraqi insurgents.

Upon retirement from the US Navy, Jocko Willink has taken his learning and expertise to venture into different areas. He co-founded Echelon Front, a Leadership Consulting Company with fellow Navy SEAL, Leif Babin. He is the host of the Jocko Podcast, discussing discipline and leadership with guests and co-host, Echo Charles. He is a New York Times bestselling author of various books including Extreme Ownership, The Dichotomy of Leadership, and Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual. Jocko Willink is also a partner in Origin Maine, manufacturer of products handcrafted in America.

He was the guest on Impact Theory Episode 153 discussing Respect, Influence, and Leadership with Tom Bilyeu.

Here are the takeaways from the conversation.

JOCKO WILLINK QUOTES FROM THE EPISODE

  • “When I look back at my career in the Navy, in the SEAL teams, just about every single thing I ever did was through relationships.”
  • “Trust is built on relationships, relationships are built on trust.”
  • “If I’m manipulating you, I’m trying to get you to do something that’s going to benefit me. If I’m leading, I’m trying to get you to do something that’s going to benefit you, that’s going to benefit the team, and it’s going to benefit the mission.”
  • “If you want to be a good leader, you have to understand human nature. And the places where human nature reveals itself most clearly are times of extreme sorrow, pain, suffering, and inhumanity.”
  • “If you want to see what happens to human beings, how they behave, see what they do in a concentration camp.”
  • “When you’re sending an email to someone and you’re typing like this (typing angry), don’t send that email. That’s not a good email to send. Wait. Write it out, fine. And then, save it. And read it later and you’ll realize ‘Oh yeah, I was really mad about something. I was frustrated.'”
  • “If I want to gain the ability to influence you, what I have to do is give you the ability to influence me.”
  • “When you want to earn respect, give respect. When you want to earn influence, give influence. When you want to earn trust, give trust. All those three are related.”
  • “You’re not going to be great at everything. But you can get better as long as you have the discipline, put your mind to it, and are willing to work hard.”
  • “If you have discipline now, it’ll give you freedom in the future.”

OTHER QUOTES FROM THE EPISODE

  • “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw

JOCKO WILLINK’S BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES

Jocko Willink learned the building blocks for Leadership Principles, each one from each one of his first three SEAL Platoons.

  1. Detachment
  2. Humility and Giving Ownership to Other People
  3. It’s not about you. It’s about the team.

IMPACT JOCKO WILLINK WANTS TO LEAVE ON THE WORLD

Jocko Willink wants to help people learn the lessons he has learned so that they don’t have to learn it themselves.

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