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Visionary Leadership

Leadership is a multi-dimensional discipline, requiring adaptive style and function. What would it be like, if everybody was a pilot, flying their own plane with no crew or passengers? Or if every fire chief was a visionary, driving a fire engine with no crew?

Visionary Leadership is a series exploring how to balance the past, present and future, collaborating with fire officers and crew members to carry out a successful vision for the fire service based on my experiences throughout 37 years in emergency services.

Remember that it is the person behind the badge, not the badge itself, that truly matters
Lt. Col. Harold Moore showed us how we can demonstrate true leadership to our crewmembers and our community
The machine wants to hear from you – do you agree with the AI assistant?
How to shift fire department mindset to embrace innovation without losing tradition
Go talk to your people and establish your expectations early
Eight leadership-focused questions can help test your legacy potential
Fire service leaders reflect on the life and legacy of the former California state fire marshal, visonary leader and friend to many
Fire service leaders reflect on Abbott’s legacy, from Project Mayday to Abbottville and all facets of command training
Leaders must work to build member trust and support in order to maintain strong morale that ultimately furthers the department mission
We will remember the first chief to purchase an all-electric fire apparatus, not the chief who bought the department’s last internal combustion engine
Reviewing the seven classic leadership styles and introducing the SOOT mnemonic to identify leadership contexts
Whether you’ve been out of the fire service for five months or 15 years, your lived experiences remain valuable to the firefighters of today
We asked current fire service leaders to spotlight the best of the best – those leaders, living or departed, whose influence is felt far and wide
Lessons in volunteer fire service leadership highlight teamwork, self-awareness and embracing the unique skills of members
‘We are always there for each other’: Reflecting on the lifelong friendships formed at the NFA-adjacent pub
Technology, NFPA standards and a visionary leader drove key changes to help extinguish antiquated operations
Learning to coach yourself and create habits for success are critical early steps so you can better manage your members
Chief Goldfeder shares the fire service mentors who have made a major impact on his career and offers guidance for learning from some of the best of the best
Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer gives tips on what leaders should consider to make sure the technology they are considering provides real and reliable organizational value
Bruno’s impact on the fire service is far-reaching and profound, particularly in the areas of safety, command and customer service
It is one thing to say you care, but it is something entirely different to show that you care
Four strategies to develop younger members so they can effectively lead the fire service into the future
CPSE/ICMA white paper considers strategies to adapt to an increasingly dynamic all-hazards work environment
Duty speaks louder than words, and we must do what we were sworn to do –protect the lives of everyone
Reflecting on why other officers didn’t speak up during George Floyd’s detainment
Chiefs speak of balancing the pain of injustice and their duty to serve the community
Chief jona olsson won the IAFC Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year Award in 2012
Individual accomplishment serves the greater good of the entire crew