Command Post: Riding the Right-Front Seat: Sharing Your Knowledge

Let me begin by making a simple, but direct comment: If you are going to lead people, you must be able to train people. Everybody in positions of leadership, regardless of rank, must be able to share their knowledge and experience with the people who have...


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As you assume your role as a right-front-seat leader in your fire department, please be aware of the importance of your training duties. I hope I have convinced you that if you are to succeed as a leader, you must succeed as a teacher and trainer. If your troops cannot look to your for the new skills and knowledge they need to do their job, the will look elsewhere, and your time as an effective leader will have passed.

It is my firm conviction that a good leader is a good teacher, and a great leader is a great teacher. Keep this in your heart and think about it frequently.