Commandant’s 2018 Reading List

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.


Inspire: Keep learning leadership

To maintain the enthusiasm leading up to the release of the Inspirational Leadership Award Winners and to continue the leadership dialogue, Mr. Charlie Coiro, an instructor and assistant department head at the Coast Guard Leadership Development Center, shares what inspires him to be a great leader. Mr. Coiro has been instructing Coast Guard members and civilians for decades on leadership and brings fresh recommendations that you can add to your learning library.


Office of Leadership “Inspire” series kick-off video

What Inspires You to be a Great Leader? Is it a co-worker, a family member, your favorite book, or a moving TED TALK? Join Rear Adm. William Kelly, assistant commandant for Coast Guard Human Resources, and Mr. Curtis Odom, director of Civilian Human Resources, Diversity and Leadership, as they continue the leadership dialogue. Please check back in with this blog series titled “Inspire” throughout the rest of the year as the 2017 Inspirational Leadership Award Winners share what has inspired them in their leadership journeys.