The Coast Guard Promotes Dynamic Leadership
By Captain Donna Cottrell, U.S. Coast Guard
Are your efforts at mentoring and professional development frequently overcome by a demanding operational tempo? Advancing careers and executing the mission at hand do not have to be mutually exclusive undertakings, if you adopt the Coast Guard principles of operations as part of your culture.1
Have Clear Objectives
Leadership should be purposeful, not haphazard: random acts of leadership result in random acts of professional development. For short-term goals such as qualifying a deck watch officer, engineer of the watch, or aircraft commander, it is essential to have a sustainable process in place so that personnel can progress in a timely manner. Proactive planning is also crucial for long-term career plans. Schedule regular meetings with those who report to you directly, to set and monitor medium- and long-term objectives. Written goals with realistic deadlines take leadership from theory into practice.
Be a Presence