This year offers opportunities for every component to reinforce a culture of excellence and highlight the importance of leadership at all levels. I reflected on my own Leadership Philosophy and selected books to inspire and challenge you to help lead the Coast Guard through this world of accelerating change.
This year’s reading list includes both books I selected and books that were shared with me throughout the year – from discussions with cadets at the Coast Guard Academy to sessions with my leadership team to meetings with key stakeholders. My hope is you will use these selections to remain dedicated to the mission today, while considering what it means to meet the mission into the future.
At the start of the year, I shared my reading list as a reference for your continued reflection on leadership. In sharing my list, I also asked for your recommendations. After looking through the selections – from leadership case studies of today to history’s best sea stories – I was encouraged by the relevant subject matter you are exploring and I will include the following on my 2016 list.
I am pleased to offer my 2016 reading list. Each new year is an opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments and lay out the trackline for future endeavors. As you consider your goals for 2016, expand your professional and leadership horizons with one or more of the following offerings.
At the start of the year, I shared my reading list and leadership philosophy as a launch point for your own renewed reflection on leadership and its enduring tenets. My original list consisted of nine books and I reached out to you for help in selecting a 10th. After looking through the selections – ranging from business case studies to leadership videos – I have selected Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff.
The New Year marks a time where we collectively look to the future, developing goals and resolutions for the year ahead. In considering what is on the horizon, I encourage you to reflect on leadership. The enduring tenets of leadership, a bias for action and adherence to our Core Values enable us to remain steadfast in accomplishing the mission while serving our nation.