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Suburban Firefighting: Two Powerful Leadership Tools, Part II

By Jerry Knapp Leadership is a major topic in the firefighting community these days. In this pair of articles I deal with two important tools for leaders in the fire service. In Part I, I discussed the need for leaders to lead by example. CHART THE COURSE This is the second absolutely critical leadership task. The officers of my company meet regularly and have generally productive meetings. We follow a written agenda pretty closely to ensure that we use the time wisely, don’t get off the track, and accomplish the goals we set. A meeting not long ago, well, let’s say just got off the track. It was derailed actually, and I’ll spare the details. The bottom line is that the train (meeting) wa...

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