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  • Karpluk: Leadership Styles for Your Fire Department

    By Les Karpluk - Monday February 24, 2014
    I like to read about leadership research and theories with the hope that I can learn something so I can become a better leader. I must confess that at times this leadership journey has its twists and turns and some days are just better than others. This...
  • Karpluk: Books to Add to Your Shelf, Open Your Mind

    By Les Karpluk - Sunday January 19, 2014
    I have recently received several inquiries about books that aspiring officers should read. I feel honored that a firefighter would seek me out to get my advice on leadership books, but the more I thought about this, the more I started to worry that I...
  • Karpluk: Old Words Create New Ways

    By Les Karpluk - Thursday December 26, 2013
    I purchased one of my favorite books in 1994; it’s a thin paperback titled, As a Man Thinketh written by British philosophical writer James Allen. It continues to change the lives of men and women who are open to the truths written by Allen since it...
  • Karpluk: Changes to the Fire Department's Culture

    By Les Karpluk - Monday December 9, 2013
    The fire service is known for its strong culture and like anything else in life, there is the good, the bad, and the ugly in a department’s culture. Every department has a strong sense of values, beliefs, and norms, and this forms the basis of its...
  • Karpluk: Ethics Lessons from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

    By Les Karpluk - Saturday November 16, 2013
    I think it is fair to say that the fire service understands the importance of ethics and that it is a key ingredient in leadership. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines ethics as “rules of behavior based on ideas about what is morally good and...
  • Karpluk: Where Should Leaders Focus Their Efforts?

    By Les Karpluk - Thursday November 7, 2013
    Some in the fire service think that by achieving a position, rank or title they become a leader. It’s not a secret that leadership plays a key role in the fire service and for those that think they have arrived as a leader because they have the status...
  • Karpluk: When You Become Your Buddy's Boss

    By Les Karpluk - Thursday October 17, 2013
    One of my favorite cartoons by illustrator Paul Combs is his “Buddy to Boss” illustration. You know the one where the fire chief hands the leader brain to the newly promoted lieutenant, and the lieutenant puts his buddy brain into the wastebasket. I...
  • Karpluk: Authenticity Can Set Leaders Apart

    By Les Karpluk - Monday September 30, 2013
    As I progress in my leadership journey I record my own unwritten laws, guiding principles, life lessons and leadership characteristics. The purpose of compiling my list of laws, principles and life lessons is to help me become a better leader.  One...
  • Karpluk: Should Fire Service Leaders be Idealists?

    By Les Karpluk - Monday September 23, 2013
    Years ago someone told me that I was an idealist. Rightly or wrongly, this bothered me for some time as I interpreted this to mean that I did not look at things realistically and that I was dreaming things that could not possibly happen. Believe it or...
  • Karpluk: Welcome to Fire Les-sons on Leadership

    By Les Karpluk - Monday September 16, 2013
    Editor's Note: We would like to welcome Chief Les Karpluk as the newest contributor to Firehouse.com. Check back as Chief Karpluk shares his experiences and thoughts on leadership the fire service. Look for his You can learn more about Les here . When...