Leadership Lessons

Thank you for taking time to visit our Leadership Lessons page.  We know we are only scratching the surface of an immense body of knowledge and experience. But we also understand that exceptional leaders continually strive to improve their tradecraft by learning, reading, observing and experiencing. Since 1890, Naval Order Companions have extensive leadership experience ranging from the deckplates to the highest levels of naval, government and commercial sectors. This section is where proven leaders are asked to share their insight on leadership to our niche organization of sailors, marines, coastguardsmen and merchant mariners. We will routinely feature a prominent leader’s reflections and preserve them to create an invaluable collection for our Companions. Want more? Contact Us

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Naval Institute Press

The Naval Order and the Naval Institute have had a relationship for several years.  Many companions are familiar with Naval History Magazine for which a subscription was included in Naval Order membership dues.  Due to the increased cost of the magazine it was decided to terminate this practice several years ago although many companions continue to subscribe individually.  The Naval Institute Press has many other publications that companions may be interested in purchasing.  Their leadership publications have maritime themes and focused on naval history events and situations. 
These books may be found at:   https://www.usni.org/store/books/leadership

Navy Professional Reading List

Admiral John Richardson is the Chief of Naval Operations.  He previously served as the Director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and headed the Navy's Atlantic submarine force. Admiral Richardson commanded the USS Honolulu, Submarine Development Squadron 12, Submarine Group 8 and Submarine Allied Naval Forces South.  He served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Naval Forces Europe as well as U.S. Naval Forces Africa, Naval Aide to the President of the United States and Director of Strategy and Policy at U.S. Joint Forces Command.  Admiral Richardson submarine tours included duty in USS Parche, USS Salt Lake City, and USS George C. Marshall.  He attended and received master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the National War College.   Admiral Richardson graduated from the Naval Academy in 1982.  He addresses several aspects of naval operations in the professional reading program. 
The leadership reading list can be found online at:   http://www.navy.mil/ah_online/CNO-ReadingProgram/navyteam.html

Marine Corps Professional Reading List

General Robert B. Neller is the Commandant of the Marine Corps.  He previously served as the Commander of Marine Forces Command and Commander of Marine Forces Central Command.  General Neller was Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Assistant Division Commander for 1st and 2d Marine Divisions and President of Marine Corps University.  His Joint assignments included the Policy Division of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and Director of Operations of the Joint Staff.  General Neller served as an infantry officer at all levels, including command of Marine Security Force Company Panama during Operations JUST CAUSE and PROMOTE LIBERTY; 3d Light Armored Infantry Battalion during Operation RESTORE HOPE; 6th Marine Regiment; and 3d Marine Division. General Neller graduated from the University of Virginia and was commissioned in 1975.  He is a graduate of the Armor Officer Advanced Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, NATO Defense College, and the Armed Forces Staff College. He holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University.  The Commandants Professional Reading List (CPRL) includes books considered to be most pertinent for professional development and critical thinking at each rank level. 
It can be found online at:   
http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/Messages-Display/Article/1184470/revision-of-the-commandants-professional-reading-list

Coast Guard Professional Reading List

Admiral Paul Zukunft is the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.  He previously served as Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, Commander of the Eleventh Coast Guard District and Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West, where he served as executive agent to United States Pacific Command for combating Transnational Criminal Organizations in the Asia-Pacific Region. Admiral Zukunft served as the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon Spill of National Significance, Chief of Operations for Coast Guard Pacific Area, Chief of Operations Oversight for Coast Guard Atlantic Area and Chief of Staff for the Fourteenth Coast Guard District. He commanded six units and commanded the cutters CAPE UPRIGHT, HARRIET LANE, and RUSH. Admiral Zukunft graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Government; from Webster University in 1988 with a Master of Arts degree in Management; and from the U.S. Naval War College in 1997 with a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He is a graduate of the Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies Executive Seminar and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government National Preparedness Leadership Initiative course.  He addresses several aspects of Coast Guard operations in the professional reading program which can be found online at:   http://allhands.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/01/01/2017-commandants-reading-list

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