To start the new year, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft shared his bookshelf and his leadership philosophy with Coasties on his All Hands blog. The commandant said in a “volatile, increasingly complex and uncertain time” the USCG should focus on the importance of sound leadership to move forward.
The commandant’s leadership philosophy is boiled down to four key points: know your purpose, standards matter, trust and empower your people, and take decisive action.
His leadership reading list includes titles ranging from Make Your Bed by Adm. William McRaven to Code Girls by Liza Mundy.
The Department of Homeland Security has designated FY 2018 as “DHS Leadership Year,” and Zukunft reflected on his own leadership philosophy and selected books “to inspire and challenge you to help lead the Coast Guard through this world of accelerating change.”