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Fire Department Leadership: Three Traits of a Leader: Preparation, Wisdom, and Effect

By Michael J. Barakey To be a successful leader, one must have prepared, gained wisdom, and had effect. Why are individuals or groups of individuals successful despite the odds or the obvious outcome not appearing favorable? These individuals have prepared--prepared many hours through training, simulating, and studying. These individuals are successful because they possess the wisdom gained through the experience of performing, through repetitious actions and by experiencing rare and challenging events. Teams succeed when leaders place members in positions to thrive, produce, and learn. Effect is the product of a properly prepared team with the experience or wisdom to succeed.  How c...

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