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Jocko Willink is a former American Navy SEAL officer and author of children’s fiction and non-fiction books.

The decorated serviceman spent twenty-years in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, beginning as an enlisted SEAL before rising to SEAL officer.

He served as commander of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser during the battle of Ramadi, and was instrumental in SEAL operations that helped the “Ready First” Brigade of the US Army’s First Armored Division bring stability to the devastated, war-ridden city.

Jocko also served as Officer-in-Charge of training for all West Coast SEAL Teams, where he was not only a leading figure in the development of leadership training, but also personally guided and mentored the next generation of SEAL leaders.

Awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and several other personal and unit awards for his service to the country, Jocko is now a leadership instructor, speaker, and executive coach; having co-founded Echelon Front with his friend Leif Babin.

Through the company, Jocko teaches leadership principles to individuals, teams, companies, and organizations across various industries.

More about Jocko Willink

Genres: Children's Book, Non-fiction

Born: 1971

United States


Non Series

  • Final Spin (2021)


  1. Extreme Ownership (2015)
  2. Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual (2017)
  3. The Dichotomy of Leadership (2018)
  4. Leadership Strategy and Tactics (2020)
  5. The Code. the Evaluation. the Protocols (2020)
  6. The Official Extreme Ownership Companion Workbook (2021)

Picture Books

  • Mikey and the Dragons (2018)

Way of the Warrior Kid

  1. Way of the Warrior Kid (2018)
  2. Marc's Mission (2018)
  3. Where there's a Will... (2019)
  4. Way of the Warrior Kid 4 Field Manual (2020)
Non Series

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Final Spin

A story of love, brotherhood, suffering, happiness, and sacrifice.


Shouldn’t be in a dead-end job.

Shouldn’t be in a dead-end bar.

Shouldn’t be in a dead-end life.

But he is.

It’s a hamster wheel existence. Stocking warehouse store shelves by day, drinking too much whiskey and beer by night. In between, Johnny lives in his childhood home, making sure his alcoholic mother hasn’t drunk herself to death, and looking after his idiosyncratic older brother Arty, whose world revolves around his laundromat job.

Rinse and repeat.

Then Johnny’s monotonous life takes a tumble. The laundromat where Arty works, and the one thing that gives him happiness, is about to be sold. Johnny doesn't want that to happen, so he takes measures into his own hands. Johnny, along with his friend, Goat, come up with a plan to get the money to buy the laundromat.

But things don’t always go as planned…

Author: Jocko Willink
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B08VH7YZ28
Publisher: St. Martin's Press


Extreme Ownership

Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin’s SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership—at every level—is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.

Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After departing the SEAL Teams, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies, Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields.

Now, detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.

Author: Jocko Willink
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1250270962
Publisher: Macmillan
Discipline Equals Freedom Field Manual

Jocko Willink's methods for success were born in the SEAL Teams, where he spent most of his adult life, enlisting after high school and rising through the ranks to become the commander of the most highly decorated special operations unit of the war in Iraq. In Discipline Equals Freedom, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Extreme Ownership describes how he lives that mantra: the mental and physical disciplines he imposes on himself in order to achieve freedom in all aspects of life.

Many books offer advice on how to overcome obstacles and reach your goals--but that advice often misses the most critical ingredient: discipline. Without discipline, there will be no real progress. Discipline Equals Freedom covers it all, including strategies and tactics for conquering weakness, procrastination, and fear, and specific physical training presented in workouts for beginner, intermediate, and advanced athletes, and even the best sleep habits and food intake recommended to optimize performance.


Author: Jocko Willink
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1250280268
Publisher: Macmillan
The Dichotomy of Leadership

With their first book, Extreme Ownership (published in October 2015), Jocko Willink and Leif Babin set a new standard for leadership, challenging readers to become better leaders, better followers, and better people, in both their professional and personal lives.

Now, in THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP, Jocko and Leif dive even deeper into the unchartered and complex waters of a concept first introduced in Extreme Ownership: finding balance between the opposing forces that pull every leader in different directions. Here, Willink and Babin get granular into the nuances that every successful leader must navigate.

Mastering the Dichotomy of Leadership requires understanding when to lead and when to follow; when to aggressively maneuver and when to pause and let things develop; when to detach and let the team run and when to dive into the details and micromanage. In addition, every leader must:

· Take Extreme Ownership of everything that impacts their mission, yet utilize Decentralize Command by giving ownership to their team.

· Care deeply about their people and their individual success and livelihoods, yet look out for the good of the overall team and above all accomplish the strategic mission.

· Exhibit the most important quality in a leader—humility, but also be willing to speak up and push back against questionable decisions that could hurt the team and the mission.

With examples from the authors’ combat and training experiences in the SEAL teams, and then a demonstration of how each lesson applies to the business world, Willink and Babin clearly explain THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP—skills that are mission-critical for any leader and any team to achieve their ultimate goal: VICTORY.

NB: Co-authored with Leif Babin.

Author: Jocko Willink
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1250247100
Publisher: Macmillan
Leadership Strategy and Tactics

The ultimate guide on leadership.

In the military, a field manual provides instructions in simple, clear, step-by-step language to help soldiers complete their mission. In the civilian sector, books offer information on everything from fixing a leaky faucet to developing an effective workout program to cooking a good steak.

But what if you are promoted into a new position leading your former peers? What if you don’t get selected for the leadership position you wanted? How do you overcome imposter syndrome, when you aren’t sure you should be leading? As a leader, how do you judiciously dole out punishment? What about reward? How do you build trust with your both your superiors and your subordinates? How do you deliver truthful criticism up and down the chain of command in a tactful and positive way?

These are all questions about leadership—the most complex of all human endeavors. And while there are books out there that provide solid leadership principles, books like Extreme Ownership and The Dichotomy of Leadership, there is no leadership field manual that provides a direct, situational, pragmatic how-to guide that anyone can instantly put to use.

Until now. Leadership Strategy and Tactics explains how to take leadership theory, quickly translate that theory into applicable strategy, and then put leadership into action at a tactical level. This book is the solution that leaders at every level need—not just to understand the leadership game, but also how to play the leadership game, and win it.

Author: Jocko Willink
First Release: 2020
Ebook: B07TDY1T6H
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The Code. the Evaluation. the Protocols

How can you best strive to become an Eminently Qualified Human? How will you hold yourself to the highest possible standard in life? How do you become a better father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, public servant, role model, and leader? The answer: through Unmitigated Daily Discipline in all things.

But The Path is difficult, even impossible, if you do not understand what standards to aspire to or how to hold yourself accountable during the journey. With The Code. The Evaluation. The Protocols. retired Navy SEAL and New York Times best-selling author, Jocko Willink provides readers with the essential handbook for grading performance across all of life’s responsibilities, including health, physical fitness, personal conduct, professional conduct, character, leadership, relationships, finance and emergency preparedness.

•   CLEAR STRATEGIES to prepare you for your own personal journey toward becoming an Eminently Qualified Human  

•   STRAIGHT-FORWARD TACTICS to prepare your body, mind, and attitude for whatever life throws at you—whether it’s a desire for self-optimization or a need to deal with personal loss, financial hardship, or unexpected tragedies and disasters

•   POWERFUL TOOLS to create honest self-evaluation across every behavior, every action, and every personal goal, both for the short term and the long term

•   UNIVERSAL SOLUTIONS that can be applied to anyone, regardless of age, health, status, or gender

NB: Co-authored with Sarah Armstrong and Dave Berke.

Author: Jocko Willink
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0981618821
Publisher: Jocko Publishing
The Official Extreme Ownership Companion Workbook


No one knows the leadership principals behind the world-wide, best seller Extreme Ownership better than the book's original authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. They've joined forces with their premiere, leadership consulting team at Echelon Front to create the ultimate companion workbook to help you get more out of the original.

This 88-page, large-format workbook arms you with the essential insights, direction, and tools to help you take your knowledge and understanding of Extreme Ownership to a new level, empowering you to win at work, at home and in life.

• Step-by-step breakdowns of each chapter from the original book

• Every chapter includes invaluable Q&A “Implementations” and "Immediate Action Drills" that will put your leadership skills to the test―with plenty of pages just for notes

• Custom Glossary section for understanding Extreme Ownership terms and phrases

• The same lessons and approach utilized at Echelon Front's sold-out conferences and their online Extreme Ownership Academy

• Prepares you to become a better, smarter leader in every element of your professional and personal life

NB: Co-authored with Leif Babin.

Author: Jocko Willink
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1955690133
Publisher: Jocko Publishing

Picture Books

Mikey and the Dragons

From retired Navy Seal and New York Times #1 best-selling author, Jocko Willink, comes a timeless tale about a young boy s wondrous journey of self-empowerment.

FUN, IMMERSIVE STORY told in rhyming verse

BIG, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL full-color illustrations

RELATABLE, INSPIRING CHARACTERS that face the same fears all children face

EMPOWERING, ACTIONABLE LESSONS that helps children seize control over what scares them

HELPS DE-MYSTIFY the power that fear and anxiety can hold over a child


PERFECT for young readers to enjoy alone or along with their parents

Mikey and the Dragons Synopsis

Little Mikey is scared of everything. He s certain there are creepy crawlies hidden under the rug. He sleeps with his light on to keep the monsters at bay. He s scared of sharks and snakes even ladders and slides and it all makes him incredibly sad. But, when he stumbles upon an old book that tells the tale of a young boy prince that volunteers to protect his king-less kingdom from hordes of dragons, there s a chance Mikey might discover that his fears are not quite as big as they seem

Author: Jocko Willink
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1942549437
Publisher: Jocko Publishing

Way of the Warrior Kid

Way of the Warrior Kid

Marc learns to become a Warrior Kid after his uncle Jake, a Navy SEAL, comes to stay for the summer.

Fifth grade was the worst year of Marc’s life. He stunk at gym class, math was too hard for him, the school lunch was horrible, and his class field trip was ruined because he couldn’t swim. And the most awful thing about fifth grade? Kenny Williamson, the class bully, who calls himself the King of the Jungle Gym.

When Marc’s mother tells him that his uncle Jake is coming to stay for the whole summer, Marc can’t wait. Uncle Jake is a for-real, super-cool Navy SEAL. And Uncle Jake has a plan.

He’s going to turn Marc into a warrior.

Becoming a warrior isn’t easy. It involves a lot of pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups, squats, swimming, eating right, and studying harder than ever before! Can Marc transform himself into a warrior before school starts in the fall–and finally stand up to the King of the Jungle Gym?

Author: Jocko Willink
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1250158611
Publisher: Square Fish
Marc's Mission

In Way of the Warrior Kid, Marc went from wimp to warrior in one summer. He learned to be strong inside and out, mastered his multiplication tables, conquered his fear of swimming, and even made nice with the meanest kid on the playground (who turned out to be not so mean after all).

Now, in this second book in the middle grade Warrior Kid series, Marc uses what he learned last summer to help another kid who needs a boost. Can he take the skills he learned from his Navy SEAL uncle Jake to instill the warrior spirit in someone who needs his help?

Author: Jocko Willink
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1250294432
Publisher: Square Fish
Where there's a Will...

Marc shouldn't have a single complaint as he finishes seventh grade. He's done really well in his classes, his friends Kenny and Nathan have joined him at jiu-jitsu, and most important, he's been staying on the Warrior Kid path. There's just one problem and that problem is named Danny Rhinehart.

It seems like every thing Marc does, Danny does better. Danny runs faster, can do more pull-ups, has jiu-jitsu moves that Marc can't solve, and is even awesome in school. On top of all that, Danny is too nice--he smiles at everything and it drives Marc CRAZY. Marc doesn't know what to do.

Luckily, there is some good news: Marc's Navy SEAL Uncle Jake is back to visit for the summer. Maybe Uncle Jake can help Marc learn to handle a kid like Danny--a kid who is good at everything!

But it won t be easy. Marc will have to work hard, train hard, and learn to deal with a brand new kind of problem: his own ego. It's going to be a tough summer, but where there's a will, there's a way...

Author: Jocko Willink
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0981618845
Publisher: Jocko Publishing
Way of the Warrior Kid 4 Field Manual


Eighth grade is wrapping up and Marc is bigger and stronger than ever. He's also smarter, healthier, and better because he's on The Warrior Kid Path! But when a schoolmate, who's moving away, wants to become a Warrior Kid too, Marc is faced with a dilemma: how do you get someone on The Path if they live halfway across the country?

The solution: you write a Field Manual. A Warrior Kid Field Manual!

Leaning on his experiences on The Path and his summers with his Navy SEAL Uncle Jake, Marc creates a fun-filled guide to help kids EVERYWHERE become Warrior Kids!

The Way of the Warrior Kid 4 Field Manual has everything a kid needs to get on The Path to becoming smarter, stronger, healthier, and better. And the whole gang is here too Uncle Jake, Kenny, Nathan, Nora, and Danny to make sure Marc doesn't take himself too seriously in the process. As if that's possible...

MOTIVATES kids to apply themselves and try their best

INSPIRES kids to make the right choices in life

TEACHES kids how to be physically and mentally strong

BUILDS self confidence and self reliance

PREPARES kids to be LEADERS rather than followers

REINFORCES that the Warrior Kid Path can be fun and exciting!

Author: Jocko Willink
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0981618852
Publisher: Jocko Publishing