Leadership & Command Magazine Articles

  • The Good Leader Must Help To Shape The Organization

    Everyone reading this commentary belongs to an organization. In some cases we belong to more than one organization. So that we will not diffuse our focus, let's all concentrate on the one type of organization where we have a common interest, the fire...

    Article • December 31st, 2000

  • The Survival Of The Modern Fire Service

    We recently witnessed on national TV what it takes to survive 39 days on an island with 16 people. While I do not advocate the methods that were employed in order to come out on top, it caused me to think about the survival of the modern fire...

    Article • December 31st, 2000

  • Leadership: Communication - The 3 Ways of Talking

    Think about how many times someone stood in front of a large group that had you as a member. Recall when such people talked to the left of you, the right of you and over your head. They might have yelled, screamed and threatened, but they just did not...

    Article • October 31st, 2000

  • Leadership - Follow Me: Good Leaders Lead From The Front

    Over the past several years, I have noted a decided change in the type of people who are becoming leaders in the fire service. Perhaps it is a byproduct of the way that our society has changed, or maybe it is just the next step in our evolution as a...

    Article • September 1st, 2000

  • Supervisor & Manager ... It Takes More To Be A Leader

    Dennis Compton describes how strong leadership is a key issue in basic supervision as well as in the management of processes, programs and people.

    Article • August 1st, 2000

  • Being A Modern Fire Chief: It's More Than Just Firefighting

    Harry R. Carter outlines the many tasks and responsibilities that must be mastered by effective future fire chiefs.

    Article • August 1st, 2000

  • Shifting Gears: Making The Right Choices During Incident Operations

    Mike Wieder points out why an incident commander must be prepared to shift into a "higher gear" when the needs of the incident dictate.

    Article • August 1st, 2000

  • Leadership - Listening: Do You Hear What I Say?

    A few months ago, I came across a very interesting article in the Star Ledger newspaper of Newark, NJ. It dealt with the fact that the best leaders are good listeners. I found this to be immensely interesting, since I am bad listener by nature. Many...

    Article • July 1st, 2000

  • Leadership - A View From Harry & His Gang

    This is the first in a series of columns on the concept of leadership. The genesis for this project came right here in the September 1999 edition of this column. If you recall, that was the one where I discussed my career change, from fire chief to...

    Article • June 1st, 2000

  • CAFS: So Effective It Changed The Rules, So We Changed The Laws

    Once in a great while, a new firefighting technology comes along that is so revolutionary it forever changes our industry.

    Article • May 1st, 2000

  • Some Thoughts On Sharing A Gift

    Let me begin this month’s column by issuing a long-overdue tip of the helmet to you, the reader of my bi-monthly trip to the top of my favorite soapbox.

    Article • March 31st, 2000

  • Chief Concerns: Ordinary Heroes

    When a person chooses firefighting as a career or raises a hand to volunteer as a firefighter, he or she leaves the ranks of ordinary people.

    Article • March 31st, 2000

  • Chief Concerns: Taking Care Of Our Own: Planning For The Unthinkable

    We plan for everything! We pre-plan for fires, hazardous materials incidents, mass-casualty incidents and even for the safety of our people.

    Article • February 29th, 2000

  • A Strong Foundation For Service Delivery

    Dennis Compton uses the analogy of a three-legged stool to show how a fire department is at its strongest when all of its interdependent parts work together.

    Article • January 31st, 2000

  • The Turn Of The Century: Then And Now

    Let me begin this little story with a tip of the helmet to my good friend from Boston, retired Fire Commissioner Leo Stapleton. It is his gift for combining the real with the fictional that has made him the great author that he is. The genesis for this...

    Article • December 31st, 1999