The Commandant’s Inclusive Leadership, Excellence and Diversity (ILEAD) Council is a council where every area of the Coast Guard is represented: Officers, Senior Enlisted, Junior Enlisted, Civilians, LANTAREA, PACAREA, DCMS, DCO, Reserves and Auxiliary. The Council is the Coast Guard’s enterprise approach to impacting leadership and diversity; charged to make recommendations to enhance leadership development practices, support diverse and inclusive workforce, and as necessary, bring leadership and diversity issues to the highest levels of the Coast Guard. The Council works in conjunction with the Leadership and Diversity Councils (LDACs) to elicit best practices and issues from the field to be addressed. The ILEAD Council meets on a semi-annual basis.
LDAC is the local group approach to impacting leadership and diversity. District Commanders and Commanding Officers of Sectors, Air Stations, cutters, and units with 50 or more personnel are required to establish LDACs. LDACs are responsible for assessing the workplace climate and culture in their respective areas, developing annual action plans for how they will impact diversity and leadership in their area, addressing leadership and diversity issues that can be resolved at the unit level, and forwarding issues that cannot be handled at the unit level to the next higher LDAC.
The ILEAD/LDAC network spans from headquarters to the deck plate level, empowering members to:
- Take an active role in promoting inclusion and diversity within the Coast Guard;
- Suggest best practices or issues to address that impact organizational climate; and
- Engage with their local community to establish relationships and model leadership.
The ILEAD/LDAC network exists to learn through training and education, include and connect through meetings and events that highlight effective leaderships and valuing individual contributions, influence using DEOCS results to identify areas of focus, and optimize by identifying best practices and expanding them throughout the Coast Guard.
To balance field and headquarters concerns and ensure proper logistical support during the ILEAD meetings, DCO/PACAREA and DCMS/LANTAREA will each co-chair the ILEAD Council for two years. Council members are responsible for keeping their "finger on the pulse" of the climate of the Coast Guard environment in their geographic areas and bringing forward areas of best practice or issues of concern. The Council reviews the best practices, issues and input from the LDACs to provide recommendations to the Commandant. Upon returning to their units in the field, members help convey the Commandant’s feedback, provide updates on policies and highlight opportunities to the workforce to contribute to the matters that impact their work environment.
For additional information on the ILEAD Council, refer to Leadership and Diversity Councils - COMDTINST 5350.9A.