Suburban Firefighting: Two Powerful Leadership Tools, Part I

By Jerry Knapp Leadership is the hot topic in the fire service today. Many really smart people are running around doing leadership training for firefighters, usually based on scientific studies and psychology. All that is good, but we work in the street. We do things and are judged on our ability to get things done. Sometimes we talk about it too much, but in the end we are action people, “doers.” This may not a very sexy or scientific name, but that is what firefighters are: “doers”. The next two articles present two leadership fundamentals that always work for the doers--well, they work most of the time. “Always” and “never” are not good words in the emergency services world. LEADERSHIP...

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