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.


The Senior Leader Principles and Skills course

According to the trainers at Senior Leader Principles and Skills (SLPS), the Coast Guard’s definition of a Leader is “influencing or inspiring others toward a goal”. To understand the full extent of The Leadership Challenge program, read this post for a first-hand experience from a SLPS attendee as she recounts the exercises and lessons learned.


Shape the future: CWO Craig Kerby

It’s very rewarding when I get that follow-on phone call or discussion after class, and I can provide service to the students by answering a question or helping them out. It’s great to know that the students trust me to be there for them all the time, not just during class.


Senior Enlisted Leadership Course logo.

Growing the Chiefs’ Mess with blended learning

Designed for E8 and E9 personnel, the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course offers a four-week online component followed by two weeks resident in the classroom. Online, students share photos and personal and professional experiences, then explore modules on Coast Guard core values, Coast Guard history, Coast Guard traditions and leading change.


CWO John Rice and his wife, Anne, are presented the U.S. Navy League’s 2013 Captain David H. Jarvis Inspirational Leadership Award by Rear Adm. Karl Schultz, commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Working for the present, building leaders for the future

“In every way [Chief Warrant Officer John Rice] epitomizes what we look for in our leaders and is the gold standard for commitment, professionalism, leadership and character,” said Cmdr. Tony Russell, Boutwell’s former executive officer. “Notable as his tangible impacts were, one cannot truly appreciate the magnitude of his contributions without seeing the way he cares for, nurtures, trains and challenges this crew – in his division and beyond.”