I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit with people from all over the fire and emergency services community. One concern shared with me often centers on the preparation of people who will lead our fire departments, as well as our local, state and national fire service organizations...
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It is very important to position oneself as a trusted advisor in the political process. This cannot occur if the leader is perceived as unprofessional, poorly trained, lacking experience or possessing poor interpersonal skills. These realities may be some of the most important information that can be shared with future fire and emergency services leaders as they develop into the leaders they want to become.