The January 2008 revision of the Coast Guard reading list

(source) Our world is not exactly breaking out in tranquility, and given this volatile, increasingly complex and uncertain time, sound leadership is even more critical to our collective success. In October, the Department of Homeland Security declared fiscal year 2018 as the DHS Leadership Year. 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.

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Book cover for Alexander Hamilton

Book cover for Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Book cover for Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant

Book cover for Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Book cover for Certain Trumpets: The Nature of Leadership

Book cover for Character in Action: The U.S. Coast Guard on Leadership

Book cover for Churchill on Leadership: Executive Success in the Face of Adversity

Book cover for Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf: First Commandant of the Coast Guard

Book cover for Crucial Confrontations: Tools for talking about broken promises, violated expectations, and bad behavior

Book cover for Getting Them to Give a Damn: How to Get Your Front Line to Care about Your Bottom Line

Book cover for It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy

Book cover for My American Journey

Book cover for On Becoming a Leader: The Leadership Classic

Book cover for Power Mentoring: How Successful Mentors and Proteges Get the Most Out of Their Relationships

Book cover for Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989

Book cover for Small Unit Leadership: A Commonsense Approach

Book cover for Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships

Book cover for So Others May Live: Coast Guard's Rescue Swimmers: Saving Lives, Defying Death

Book cover for The Caine Mutiny: A Novel

Book cover for The Coast Guard at War: Vietnam, 1965-1975

Book cover for The Coast Guard in World War I: An Untold Story

Book cover for The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership

Book cover for The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us

Book cover for The Founding Fathers on Leadership: Classic Teamwork in Changing Times

Book cover for The Kite Runner

Book cover for The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

Book cover for The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success

Book cover for The Pendleton Disaster off Cape Cod: The Greatest Small Boat Rescue in Coast Guard History

The Pendleton Disaster off Cape Cod: The Greatest Small Boat Rescue in Coast Guard History

Theresa Mitchell Barbo; John Galluzzo and Captain W. Russell Webster; USCG (RET)

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Book cover for The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

Book cover for They Had To Go Out: True Stories of America's Coastal Lifesavers