Fire Service Leadership: When to Lead, When to Manage

By Brian Zaitz We have all read an article, attended a conference, or been to training that focused on leadership. It seems that leadership has taken the fire service by storm over the past decade, but for what reason? Leadership has been a part of the fire service since its inception. I am not saying that leadership training is bad; learning from great past and current leaders is a great means to hone leadership skills, but it is important to know when to lead and when to manage. As of late, management or managing has gained a negative connotation with many; it is not as sexy or glamorous like leadership. In addition, many see management as only micromanagement. For these reasons, “manag...

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