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The most essential element of success in high risk work environments is competent and confident leadership


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Background environments is competent and confident leadership

Supervision – Management – Leadership

Are they the same? Are they different?


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Background environments is competent and confident leadership

  • A Case for Change

  • Within the last 20 years a number of high-risk occupations have dramatically changed their training focus

  • For the wildland fire service, in the last 10 years understanding human behavior has become as important as understanding fire behavior


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Background environments is competent and confident leadership

  • Leadership – tackling a tough issue

  • You can’t know where you are going unless you know where you have been

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Background environments is competent and confident leadership

  • Taking Leadership Development to a New Level

  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group begins to look at the issue of leadership development in 1999

  • Work on a formal leadership development program begins in 2001


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The Foundation environments is competent and confident leadership

  • Building a Program – Where to Begin

  • Benchmarking the best


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The Foundation environments is competent and confident leadership

  • Building a Program – Guiding Principles

  • Establish a common set of leadership values

  • Invest early in leadership training

  • Provide experiential training

  • Emphasize decision-making skills

  • Encourage students of leadership

  • Partner with outside expertise


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The Foundation environments is competent and confident leadership

Building a Program – Key Components


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The Nuts and Bolts environments is competent and confident leadership

Values and Principles

“Not everything that is countable counts, and not everything that counts is countable”

Albert Einstein


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The Nuts and Bolts environments is competent and confident leadership

Values and Principles

Paul Gleason Lead By Example Award

A way to recognize field level leaders who model the values and principles


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The Nuts and Bolts environments is competent and confident leadership

  • Formal Curriculum

  • Leaders must be grown…

  • Formal courses beginning early in a firefighter’s career

  • Focus on leader behaviors not supervision


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The Nuts and Bolts environments is competent and confident leadership

  • Formal Curriculum Focus

  • Follower concepts

    • Situation awareness

    • Stress and attitude barriers

  • Leader of People concepts

    • Decision-making and communication

    • Teambuilding

  • Leader of Leaders concepts

    • Managing group dynamics

    • Detecting operational error

  • Leader of Organizations concepts

    • Imparting command presence and intent

    • Integration into team decision process


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The Nuts and Bolts environments is competent and confident leadership

  • Leadership Toolbox

  • Leaders must be students…

  • On-line resource for self-development

  • Focus on experiential learning


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The Nuts and Bolts environments is competent and confident leadership

Leadership Toolbox – Experiential training

After Action Reviews (AAR) allow learning and improvement to occur within the operational environment


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The Nuts and Bolts environments is competent and confident leadership

Leadership Toolbox – Experiential training

Tactical Decision Games (TDGS) and Sandtable Exercises (STEX) are techniques to help develop decision-making skills in young leaders


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The Nuts and Bolts environments is competent and confident leadership

Leadership Toolbox – Experiential training

Staff Rides are training events designed for experienced leaders to derive lessons from significant historical incidents


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Why Change? environments is competent and confident leadership

The ultimate goal of this program is to recognize the increased demands on the wildland fire service and provide better prepared leaders


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Just For Firefighters? environments is competent and confident leadership

The reality of the modern workplace is that it is unpredictable and it is complex


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Information Source environments is competent and confident leadership

www.fireleadership.gov


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Questions environments is competent and confident leadership

Wildland Fire Leadership Development –

From Vision to Reality

“Leaders aren’t born they are made…and they are made just like anything else, through hard work.” Coach Vince Lombardi


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