Leadership & Command Web Exclusives

  • I Once Was Lost but Now am Found

    This visit with you today is a sort of follow up message to my last two columns on Firehouse.com. In one I spoke of the problems I encountered when my faith in an individual was misplaced. In the other I spoke of the problems caused by the interaction...

    Article • September 20th, 2011

  • Leadership Under Fire: The Leader's Toolbox

    “I’d rather be a hammer than a nail” are words from the popular 1970’s Simon & Garfunkel song “El Condor Pasa.” They could also be the mantra of many fire service leaders, since a common philosophy of leading others tends to rely on the use of...

    Article • September 17th, 2011

  • Disasters and Dumb-Asses: A Bad Combination

    Having lived through the worst hurricane to hit my state in more than a century, I feel qualified to make a few statements on things which are happening in the world around you and me. Let me start by stating that as bad as things were in Howell...

    Article • September 7th, 2011

  • Leadership Under Fire: Rowing with One Oar

    Command and control has been the name of the fire service leadership game for decades, maybe even centuries. That is, when it comes to how decisions and directions are given at most fire departments, it is “my way or the highway” and “do as you...

    Article • August 12th, 2011

  • When Your Faith is Misplaced

    Once a year it is my privilege to get together with my dear friend Deacon Charles Barnhart of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Charlie serves as the chaplain for the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firefighter's Association (CVVFA) and...

    Article • August 4th, 2011

  • The Journey: The End

    This article is particularly difficult for me to write. Not because it is the end of a series of articles I have enjoyed writing and sharing with you, but difficult in that I don't see my role as a leader being over. I don't feel I have not reached...

    Article • August 2nd, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 29

    Drill # 29: Initial On-Scene ReportReaders will look at three key questions to develop an effective and conscise on-scene report for company officers.

    Article • July 31st, 2011

  • Leadership Under Fire: The Art of Leadership

    Leadership is an art form that requires equal amounts of creativity, empathy, boldness, timing and moxie. Certainly there are vast amounts of science and psychology available to the practitioner of leadership, but in the end, the glue that holds it all...

    Article • July 18th, 2011

  • Where on the Bugle is Your Career - Part 1

    Have you ever worked with someone who was incapable of effectively filling the role?

    Article • July 9th, 2011

  • Assessing What They LACK: L is for Leadership

    Editor's Note: The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Courage to be Safe program identified four area where fire officers needed to improve their awareness, training and skills: leadership, accountability, culture and knowledge (LACK). This...

    Article • July 6th, 2011

  • The Rapid Intervention Command Board

    Jon Hall details an easy-to-use status board that can be used to track resources during a rapid intervention deployment.

    Article • June 24th, 2011

  • The Journey: The Little Things

    In this series, we have touched on many of the major issues of developing leadership skills. To continue our discussion on the journey to leadership, I would like to take a moment to discuss some of the little things.

    Article • May 31st, 2011

  • Assessing What They LACK: Fire Service Leadership Skills

    Editor's Note: The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Courage to be Safe program identified four area where fire officers needed to improve their awareness, training and skills: leadership, accountability, culture and knowledge (LACK). This...

    Article • May 25th, 2011

  • The Parable of the Wise, Old Fireman

    It has been my observation that one of the primary ways which Jesus Christ used to mentor his flock involved the use of the parable. Gowler (2002) tells us that, "… A parable is a succinct story, in prose or verse that illustrates a lesson. It differs...

    Article • April 26th, 2011

  • Leadership Under Fire: Calling All Leaders

    Parker Palmer, a well-known author and presenter in the education world, once stated that “Leadership is hard work for which one is regularly criticized and rarely rewarded.” We would bet that most of you in the fire service would agree with that...

    Article • April 25th, 2011