A Coast Guard member emphatically stated to Mayorkas, “Mr. Secretary, we revere Admiral Ray.”
We need workplace cultures that reward the initiative and innovation that will help their organization flex and bend, not break, under the next big challenge we’re sure to face.
My outlook on moral courage has been shaped most profoundly by observing those who failed to do the right thing.
The Coast Guard excels at leadership development by providing motivated members boundless chances to test themselves.
Leading with character means sincerely humbling yourself to actively earn others’ respect through personal and professional power.
To serve as a good mentor to younger people, like cadets, I needed to understand what mattered to them.
Admiral Zukunft personified the servant leader whom people choose to follow.
We each have two metaphorical wolves fighting inside us: strengths and weaknesses. The one that wins will be the one you feed. I chose to feed my strengths. I don’t ignore my weaknesses, but I don’t let them consume me, either.
Young people competing for senior, influential mentors have been given the impression that’s the key to success.
My experience onboard Glacier taught me the value of mentoring at all levels. I learned that some of the best help can come from subordinates who are committed to the success of each individual and the entire team.
Entering the Coast Guard Academy with the third class to include women, I was often the only woman leading mostly all-male teams throughout my career.
Leaders at all levels can serve as mentors. Contrary to what many may think, mentoring isn’t limited to the conventional senior-to-junior relationships. Peer-to-peer mentoring is powerful and indicative of healthy respect between co-workers.
The Coast Guard Academy James M. Loy Institute for Leadership offers a compelling definition of a leader of character that has helped me steer a straight course.
Since I was the first woman to captain a ship of any type on the Great Lakes, my assignment generated considerable media interest and speculation about the ability of a woman to command a ship in a male-dominated merchant marine industry.
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.
I wanted to quit after my first escapade in a sailboat. I noticed other cadets capsizing; it wasn’t only me.
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.
Alexander Hamilton instilled in the Revenue Cutter Service a culture of respect that has endured 230 years.
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.”
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.