A few things to treat minor medical emergencies would also be good for leader’s to apply at the right times: cold packs to handle the sprains, strains and bruises that followers will get in learning leadership concepts; hot packs and analgesics to warm up muscles and joints prior to more leadership sessions; and some gauze pads, medical tape and simple band-aids for the minor cuts and scrapes that also come along with human interactions. Good tool boxes will also have hand large amounts of headache medicines!
Finally, leader’s need to have a good set of channel locks that can be adjusted to fit the situation and get a firm grip on things, along with a reliable industrial glue to hold things together. As we all know, situations can change rapidly, and both of these tools will be well-used so they should be near the top of the toolbox.
Every leader will soon find out that a reliable set of tools is a must if they are to survive the leadership experience. It is impossible to travel very long without needing these tools to correct situations, set people down the right road, or simply build future leaders. In fact, your experience may even tend to add some other effective tools to the leader’s toolbox.
JOSEPH L. KRUEGER is a 31-year veteran of the fire service who is currently an assistant chief with the McHenry Township Fire Protection District in McHenry, IL. Joe has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program. Joe also has extensive experience in leadership and management in the private sector and is a principal partner of White Helmet Innovations. DAVID F. PETERSON is a 31-year veteran of the fire service who is currently an assistant chief with the Milton and Milton Township Fire Department in Milton, WI, and a fire officer with the City of Madison. Dave has a B.S. in fire service management from the University of Southern Illinois and is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program. Dave is a graduate student in leadership through Grand Canyon University's Ken Blanchard School of Business and is a principal partner of White Helmet Innovations. You can reach Krueger and Peterson by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.