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Sandra L. Stosz

Sandra L. Stosz has 8 articles published.

Sandra L. Stosz
Vice Admiral Stosz, a Homeland Security Today editorial board member, started out in the U.S. Coast Guard as an ensign serving on polar icebreakers, conducting national security missions from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Her 40-year career is filled with leadership lessons gleaned while breaking ice and breaking glass as the first woman to command an icebreaker on the Great Lakes and to lead a U.S. armed forces service academy. She finished her career as the first woman assigned as Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, directing one of the Coast Guard’s largest enterprises. She has lectured widely on leadership, and has been featured on CSPAN and other media outlets. In 2012, Newsweek’s “The Daily Beast” named Vice Admiral Stosz to their list of 150 Women who Shake the World. Proceeds from “Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters” will be donated to the US Coast Guard Academy James M. Loy Institute for Leadership.

Leading with Character: Adapt, Adjust, and Be Agile

During Hurricane Harvey, there existed no national emergency call system for the social media realm. The commandant of the Coast Guard was quickly notified of the crisis.

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Leading with Character: Growth Through Failure

I wanted to quit after my first escapade in a sailboat. I noticed other cadets capsizing; it wasn’t only me.

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Leading with Character: Devotion to Duty

Petty Officer Munro was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for heroism during World War II. Unbeknownst to many, the Coast Guard participated across the Pacific and Atlantic theaters, from the shores of Guadalcanal to the beaches of Normandy.

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Leading with Character: Respect

Alexander Hamilton instilled in the Revenue Cutter Service a culture of respect that has endured 230 years.

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Leading with Character: Honor

A model example of an executive who raised expectations for workplace conduct is Australian Army General David Morrison: “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.”

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Leading with Character: Core Values

Although the constant failure had tested my resolve, it taught me a valuable lesson in humility. Hard work and perseverance helped me develop the confidence, tempered by the humility of prior failure, that I would later need to succeed at the Coast Guard Academy.

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Leading with Character: Authentic or Genuine?

I see genuine leaders as those who focus externally and put the wellbeing of others first. Genuine leaders look out for their people, trust them, and encourage them to reach high.

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Leading with Character: The Power of Perseverance

Too often, motivated people treat life with a sense of urgency, like they’re running the 100-meter hurdles.

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