Professional Reading Program

The problem with being too busy to read is that you learn by experience . . . i.e. the hard way. By reading, you learn through others’ experiences, generally a better way to do business, especially in our line of work where the consequences of incompetence are so final for young men. Thanks to my reading, I have never been caught flatfooted by any situation . . . It doesn't give me all the answers, but it lights what is so often a dark path ahead.
—Major General J. N. Mattis, USMC

Background Information

A Professional Reading Program is intended to provide a selection of readings that will support continuing education efforts within a workforce. A reading program will add depth and breadth to a leader's development at any stage of their career and is an important component of any leader development process. Listed below are a number of examples of professional reading programs including a program targeted specifically at developing leaders in wildland fire organizations.

Reading Resources

Wildland Fire Leadership Program—Professional Reading Program
The Professional Reading Program is intended to provide a selection of readings that will support continuing education efforts within the wildland fire service.

National Park Service—Useful Books
Includes listing of books about the National Parks and National Park Service, books on biographical accounts, books about history, historic preservation and cultural resources management.

Navy Professional Reading Program
The Navy Professional Reading Program was developed to encourage a life-long habit of reading and learning among all Sailors. The books included in these collections can provide readers with a deeper understanding and appreciation for naval heritage, the profession of arms, and the complex modern world in which we operate.

Coast Guard Reading List
The reading list provides recommended books related to leadership. The list is not all-inclusive; the goal is to provide a starting point or expand existing knowledge and skills.

Pentagon Library Reading Lists
The Pentagon Library's Professional Reading List Collection features the full collections of nine different leadership reading lists.