About IFL

Founded in 2005 with the generous support of Dr. James S. Tyler, the Admiral James M. Loy Institute for Leadership (IFL) both complements and supplements leader development within the Academy through co-curricular programs, research and publication efforts. The collective efforts are guided by the United States Coast Guard’s Leadership Framework of Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Performance Change, and Leading the Coast Guard.

Building Leaders of Character 

Serve as the central coordination point and assist the Academy community in refining, implementing, and assessing its leadership development framework. In addition, partner with internal and external stakeholders to share best practices in leadership development and assessment and promote leadership development as a lifelong learning experience.

In addition, the IFL is committed to furthering the Academy’s Guide to Officer and Leader Development (GOLD). GOLD is a framework for organizing and understanding the progressively complex and challenging activities designed to mold leaders of character over the 200-week Coast Guard Academy experience.

Foundation for Life

Create and deliver innovative and high impact co-curricular programs that help the Corps of Cadets develop pride in their unique experience, and acquire the confidence and skills necessary to perform as a junior officer and leader of character for life.

National Prominence

Establish the Academy as exemplar in leadership development through strategic partnerships, programs, research and published works.