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Suggested Reading

This reading list provides a tool for individual professional growth, taking into account that responsibility for professional development rests simultaneously on each individual, his or her unit, and our service. Your reading list should not be limited to non-fiction books. It can also include fictional books and book series that are crafted with a good portrayal of maritime service and heritage in the characters and settings. Additionally, you may consider other forms of media, and specifically movies, where the authenticity, decorum and plot lend themselves to further our common professional knowledge.

You may want to consider using this list as your professional development reading list.

How to Books on Leadership

• Augustine’s Laws By Norman R. Augustine
• Leading Change By John P. Kotter
• The Heart of Change By John P. Kotter, Dan Cohen
• Power and Influence – Beyond Formal Authority By John P. Kotter
• Right from the Start By Dana Ciampa, Michael Watkins
• The First 90 Days By Michael Watkins
• The Leadership Challenge (3rd ed.)  By James Kouzes, Barry Posner
• The New Art of the Leader By William A. Cohen
• The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness By Steven R. Covey
• Leadership 101 By John Maxwell
• Beyond Race and Gender By R. Roosevelt Thomas
• Peacock in the Land of Penguins By BJ Gallagher Hately, Warren Schmidt
• The Loudest Duck By Laura Liswood
• Generations at Work By Ron Zemke, Claire Raines, Bob Filipczak
• When Generations Collide (Motivation) By L. Lancaster and D. Stillman
• The New Breed (Volunteers) By Jonathan & Thomas McKee
• Leadership and Management of Volunteer Programs (Diversity) By James C. Fisher and Kathleen M. Cote
• The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership By John C. Maxwell
• The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader By John C.Maxwell
• The Art of Possibility By Rosalind Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander
• First Break All the Rules By Burnigham & Coffen

Leadership Theory/Textbooks
• Enlightened Leadership By Ed Oakley, Doug Krug
• How Good People Make Tough Choices (Ethics) By Rushworth Kidder
• On Leadership By John Gardner
• Practicing Leadership – Principles and Applications By Arthur Shriberg, Carol Lloyd, David L. Shriberg, Mary Lynn Williamson
• Good to Great and the Social Sectors By Jim Collins
• Good to Great By Jim Collins
• Winning Through Innovation By Michael L. Tushman and Charles A. O’Reilly
• Strategic Planning for Non-Profit Organizations By Michael Allison & Judy Kaye
• Primal Leadership (Emotional Intelligence) By Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee
• The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization By Peter M. Senge
• Hard Wired Leadership By R. Pearlman
• The Strategy-Focused Organization By Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton
• The Art & discipline of Strategic Leadership By Mike Freedman

• Crucial Confrontations By K. Patternson, J. Grenny, R. McMillan, A. Switzer
• Crucial Conversations By K. Patterson, J. Grenny, R. McMillan, A. Switzer
• How to Say It By Rosalie Maggio
• Taming the Conflict Dragon By Alex Hiam
• The Little Book of Dialogue for Difficult subjects By
Lisa Schirch, David Campt

Success Stories
• Character in Action (About USCG Academy) By Donald T. Phillips
• Its Your Ship By Captain Michael D. Ashcroft
• Leading at the Edge By Dennis N. T. Perkins
• Leadership By Rudolph Giuliani
• Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun By Wess Roberts
• Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell By Oren Havari
• Lincoln on Leadership By Donald T. Phillips
• The Founding Fathers on Leadership By Donald T. Phillips
• Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln By James C. Humes
• Thomas Jefferson on Leadership By Coy
• Straight from the Gut – Jack Welch By John A. Byrae

More How to Books on Leadership
• The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People By Steven R. Covey
• The Power of Alignment By George Labovitz, Victor Rosansky
• Tools for Team Leadership By Gregory Huszczo
• Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment By William C. Byham, with James Cox
• Our Iceberg is Melting (Change) By John Kotter
• Who Moved My Cheese? (Change) By Spencer Johnson
• Leadership and the One Minute Manager By Ken Blanchard
• Start with Why By Simon Sinek
• Virtual Leadership By Jaclyn Kostner