Thread: Lessons in "Leaderslip"
04-30-2013, 12:59 PM #1
Lessons in "Leaderslip"
I found this little gem from Lt, Ray McCormack, FDNY.
“Lessons on Leaderslip”…
By thehousewatch | March 11, 2009
Ray McCormack, FDNY
Lessons on Leaderslip
1. Sit on the apparatus alone and wait impatiently for your crew to eventually join you.
2. Insist on drilling on irrelevant topics using your typically boring approach.
3. Exercise your authority for no other reason than self fulfillment.
4. Place your company in the wrong location at a fire because you do not know any better.
5. Shy away from getting an assignment because you could get hurt.
6. Pull the plug as quickly as possible and make sure you tell everyone you did it for crew safety.
7. Become chummy with the higher ups it makes you feel important and gets you off the hook easier.
8. Love the rule book and be a stickler for the insignificant because you are going to make a difference.
9. Passing on information is easy; passing on a tactical opinion is difficult because you don’t have one.
10. Foundations are not saves and saves do not make themselves."The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY
05-03-2013, 02:06 AM #2
- Join Date
- Jul 1999
- Rural Wisconsin, Retired from the burbs of Milwaukee
I would very much like to meet Ray McCormack, he seems like a guy that gets what it means to be firefighter. And...he says it quite clearly with no sugar coating.Crazy, but that's how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe it's not too late
To learn how to love, and forget how to hate
05-03-2013, 05:45 PM #3
- Join Date
- May 2012
- Northern California
I would print this and post it on my wall, but I'm afraid some would miss the sarcasm and think it was encouragement of their behavior.
05-03-2013, 07:48 PM #4
You can get appointed a leader, but you must earn those that will follow.My posts reflect my views and opinions, not the organization I work for or my IAFF local. Some of which they may not agree. I.A.C.O.J. member
"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
Co-author of the Second Amendment
during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788
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05-04-2013, 02:26 PM #5
The greatest leader in the world is nothing if there are none who will follow him.
The problem is sometimes not the leader, but the followers who are too busy looking after their own agendas.Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.
Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.
05-10-2013, 03:54 AM #6
I would love to mail that to my former chief without a return address!! Thank God he is FORMER!Jason Knecht
Altoona Fire Dept.
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05-14-2013, 11:57 AM #7
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