Armed Forces News

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft wants his charges to enhance their leadership skills by cracking any of a list of books he has compiled on the subject.

“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,” Zukunft wrote. “This year offers opportunities for every component to reinforce a culture of excellence and highlight the importance of leadership at all levels.”

Zukunft’s reading list includes:

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action, by Simon Sinek.

Lead Yourself First, by Raymond Kethledge and Michael Erwin.

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life … and Maybe the World, by Adm. William McRaven.

Never to Return: Surviving the Worst Combat Loss in the History of the U.S. Coast Guard, by Randal Peffer and Col. Robert Nersasian.

Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

On the Edge, by Alison Levine.

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, by Liza Mundy.

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape Our Future, by Kevin Kelly.

Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? By Graham Allison.

This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History, by T.R. Feherenbach.