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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.

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