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The Fire Leader Playbook

Moving into a leadership role can be an exhilarating and proud moment; it can also be a daunting one. No matter whether you’re paid or volunteer, working for a department large or small, all new leaders face similar career development opportunities and administrative challenges. To be a successful new leader, you will need to identify the support systems, processes and tools to maximize the opportunities and clear the hurdles.

FireRescue1’s Fire Leader Playbook is one such tool to increase your effectiveness as a new leader, helping enhance your leadership KSAs, develop trust among your crewmembers, and build your confidence. The Playbook offers a wealth of resources, as you grow into your position of authority and move beyond basic management and supervision skills to lead and inspire with integrity and passion.

Tips for company officers to simplify their approach to leadership and lean into what matters most – the people
The uncertainty of complex problems requires flexibility when crafting responses
Setting the tone and driving organizational change from the chief’s seat
Lt. Col. Harold Moore showed us how we can demonstrate true leadership to our crewmembers and our community
There will be people who will work against you, but it’s critical to stay confident in who you are and remain positive
Go talk to your people and establish your expectations early
Upon taking the reins, the Greensburg (Pa.) VFD chief made it his mission to improve firefighter safety and health
Start your new member on the right foot by getting to know them better and sharing key insights about the profession
Many new officers want to fix everything right away, but change for the sake of change isn’t a viable game plan
Detailing surprises, challenges and goals for this critical career transition
The book that changed my career trajectory, my first-year chief plan, and lessons on relationship-building
Reflecting on life-changing moments, decision-making process, and advice to my younger self
Lessons from one year navigating mid-level leadership
The legacy of followership is true to the past and focused on the future
“If you can stare down a hallway and look the devil in the face, surely you can walk into an office and talk to the chief”