The Truly Great Leader Is A Teacher

I knew that there would come a month and time when the heart and soul of my true passion would come to the fore. This is the month where I lay it all on the line. If you are a leader, you must wake up to the fact that you are in the knowledge...


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MASLOW'S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS

  • Self-actualization - Performing beyond what is required.
  • Esteem - Recognized by peers. Praising in front of peers.
  • Social and belonging - Being accepted by others determines classroom behavior.
  • Safety and security - Adequate knowledge base to belong in class.
  • Physiological: Pleasing classroom environment.

Like many other parts of individual human behavior, these needs are progressive in nature; we may not move to a higher level until the needs at the lowest level are fulfilled. The mind is an extremely complex commodity. When it is ready and willing, it can do wonders. When it does not want to perform, it is difficult to achieve anything.

The motivation for the student can come from a variety of sources - the need for money, recognition or promotion. The desire of the student to learn must be nurtured by the leader. If your troops cannot look to you for the new skills and knowledge they need, they will look elsewhere. And your time as a leader will have passed.


Harry R. Carter, Ph.D., MIFireE, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a municipal fire protection consultant based in Adelphia, NJ. He is also an associate professor at Mercer County Community College and a past chief and active life member of the Adelphia Fire Company. Dr. Carter retired from the Newark Fire Department in 1999 as a battalion commander. He also served as chief of training and commander of the Hazardous Materials Response Team. Dr. Carter is a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers of Great Britain (MIFireE). He may be contacted through his website at Dr.Carter@HarryCarter.com.