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Leaders eager to make a difference by helping people and organizations be at their best will find Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters their go-to resource. Today, our nation is like a ship being tossed in tumultuous seas. The winds and waves of change have divided and distanced our society, threatening to wash away the very principles upon which our nation was founded. Decency and civility have been thrown overboard in favor of outrage and intolerance. The forces of change are driving us into uncharted waters.
Leading in uncharted waters requires character-centered leadership. Now more than ever, our nation needs leaders of character—those anchored with the moral courage to stand strong and steady against the battering waves that threaten to erode our core values. Such leaders would unite people in support of a shared purpose by building the trust and respect necessary for organizations and their people to thrive.
In Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters, Admiral Sandy Stosz draws upon 40 years of extensive leadership experience and wisdom to provide tools that will help leaders navigate complexity to reach their goals and succeed at every level.
Coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge, and Fellow, Doerr Institute for New Leaders, Rice University
Admiral, Columbian Navy (ret.), former Commander of the Columbian Navy, and Distinguished International Fellow at the U.S. Naval War College
Former Chairman of the Board at TD Ameritrade, former head football coach at Coastal Carolina University, and author of Coach Yourself to Success: Winning the Investment Game
Author of How Women Rise, The Female Advantage, The Web of Inclusion
Shannon Huffman Polson
Author of The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience and Leadership in the Most Male Dominated Organization in the World
Author, Authority: Strategic Concepts from 15 International Thought Leaders to Create Influence, Credibility, and a Competitive Edge for You and Your Business
General, U.S. Marines (ret.) and 26th Secretary of Defense
Founder – CEO.works and author, Grow: the CEO's Master Playbook for Coaching Value into Existence. US Coast Guard Academy Class of 1976
Corporate Board Director, former CEO Korn Ferry Consulting, and author of Lessons in LeadershiT: Detoxing the Workplace
Robert Wray, Jr.
Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret.), CEO of BlueStar SeniorTech, and author of Saltwater Leadership
Jeh C. Johnson
Former Secretary of Homeland Security
Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) and first woman in the U.S. Armed Forces nominated to the grade of three-star
Thomas A. Kolditz, PhD
Director, Doerr Institute for New Leaders, and author of Leadership Reckoning: Can Higher Education Develop the Leaders We Need?
Donald T. Phillips
Author, Lincoln On Leadership and Character In Action
Admiral Stosz started her career as a cadet in the third class to admit women at the US Coast Guard Academy. She returned over 30 years later as superintendent, becoming the first woman to lead one of the four US armed forces service academies. On her journey to the executive level, she often served as the first woman leading mostly all-male teams in front-line leadership positions, including command of two ships. To succeed, she summoned her core values to overcome adversity by building trust and earning respect as a leader of character in a complex military organization.
Those who are eager to advance to positions of greater responsibility while discovering joy and satisfaction in both work and life will find inspiration in Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass. Character-centered, proven leadership principles emerge from Admiral Stosz’s engaging, personal stories that teach leaders how to:
- Find and then become an inspiring mentor and role model
- Unite and strengthen teams and organizations
- Implement successful diversity, inclusion, and equity programs
- Manage stress and sustain mental and physical wellness
- Successfully lead in a complex environment
- Master the art of decision-making
- Set a vision and strategy grounded in organizational values
Learn how Admiral Stosz applied these proven principles, instilling a sense of purpose deepened by a spirit of passion and pride in the people and teams she led. Discover how to achieve both personal and professional success at all levels in an organization by leading with character—being true to yourself, to your coworkers, and to the organization you serve.
Follow Admiral Stosz’s roadmap to success and explore her model, how to succeed in an organization. Examine her reading list of which books influenced her leadership development. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your leadership toolbox! Become the leader of character that others want to follow by adding Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters to your collection and consult it frequently to navigate to higher levels of success, both personally and within your organization.