Issue 9 and Volume 144.

ATTILA THE CHIEF Fire service leadership requires the prowess to allow personnel to realize their personal best while maintaining the discipline required for emergency situations. In his book Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun (Warner Books, 1987), Wess Roberts characterizes fifth-century mogul Attila the Hun as an inspirational leader who incorporated these and other attributes necessary to be a successful leader. Fire service leaders can learn much from a management book based on this man who ruled more than 1,500 years ago. At the beginning of his book, Roberts defines leadership: “Leadership is the privilege to have the responsibility to direct the actions of others in carrying out the purpose of the organization, at varying levels of authority and with accountability for both successful and failed endeavors.” Those chosen to lead must never forget the axiom “Leadership is a privilege.” Leadership is not just something earned or gained. Leadership is…

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