Leadership & Command Magazine Articles

  • Where Do Our Leaders Come From? Where Indeed?

    During last year’s war in Iraq, we heard much about bravery and heroes. Whether you agree with the premise behind the war or not, you must agree with me that some really brave men and women died there doing what they believed in. They gave their all...

    Article • February 29th, 2004

  • We Are the Masters Of Our Own Fate

    Times are tough in the fire service. We are no longer the darlings and heroes of the post-9/11 world. Once again, we are seen as just one more drain on the local budget. This confirms many of my earlier observations about the short memories and lack of...

    Article • December 31st, 2003

  • It’s Not a Game For the Faint of Heart

    One thing I've learned in 27 years of writing this column is that fire politics is not a game for the faint of heart. Nor is it a game for unskilled novices, who blunder ahead without a plan or any idea of what they are getting into. Political issues have...

    Article • November 30th, 2003

  • Messages from the “Dark Side” Do What You Say

    About six years ago, I had a neat opportunity to be a part of a workshop panel at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) annual conference. The session topic explored the fire chief's liability during incident operations. It was a treat to...

    Article • October 31st, 2003

  • Labor-Management Relations

    I have been a student of labor-management relations for many years, initially as a union leader, then a manager and chief executive officer. The two parties working together to find common ground has always been important to me. The way the workforce...

    Article • October 31st, 2003

  • The Effective Leader Learns to Delegate

    How many times have you seen a fire officer running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to do 10 things at once? Sad to say, this picture reappears on a frighteningly frequent basis. Far too many officers of every type and kind battle the...

    Article • October 31st, 2003

  • Just Problems, Again?

    There is a Chinese proverb that can serve as both a blessing and a curse. I suppose that the double-edged statement may have something to do with the balance that Asian philosophers always seem to be seeking out in their lives. The "yin and yang...

    Article • October 1st, 2003

  • Big Things Do Happen In Small Fire Departments

    Steve Meyer describes the aftermath of the hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 on 9/11 outside a Pennsylvania community of 250 people.

    Article • October 1st, 2003

  • Professional Status: The Future of Fire Service Training and Education – Part 3

    Dr. Denis Onieal continues a series of articles on the need for professional status for the fire and emergency services through a common system of training and education.

    Article • October 1st, 2003

  • Real Leaders Must Pay Attention

    How many people have you met in your life who seem to drift from point A to point Z without any real purpose in their lives? Many times during my career in the fire service, I have encountered people who seemed to be moving in 20 directions at once. One...

    Article • September 1st, 2003

  • Investing In Our Future

    I am very fortunate. I get to travel all over the place and meet people from literally all aspects of the fire service. We visit about lots of things, and on everyone's list of concerns is the issue of developing future leaders in fire departments and...

    Article • August 1st, 2003

  • Waste No Time

    For many years, I have always thought that ICMA were the initials of the International City Managers Association. Since joining the "ICMA Club," I have learned that the acronym stands for "I Can Manage Anything" (or perhaps "I Can't Manage Anything...

    Article • August 1st, 2003

  • Firehouse® Interview

    Honolulu Fire Chief Attilio K. Leonardi discusses the issues facing his department, its operations and plans for the future.

    Article • August 1st, 2003

  • Training: Pathway to Excellence For Small Fire Departments

    Steve Meyer shows that a fire department with a reputation for professionalism at incidents is sure to have a strong training program as one of its attributes.

    Article • August 1st, 2003

  • Firehouse® Interview

    Chief Jeff Bowman of San Diego Fire & Life Safety Services.Jeff Bowman was appointed as chief of San Diego Fire & Life Safety Services on May 6, 2002. Prior to his appointment, he was chief of the Anaheim Fire Department. Bowman joined the Anaheim Fire...

    Article • July 1st, 2003