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The most essential element of success in high risk work environments is competent and confident leadership. Background. Supervision – Management – Leadership Are they the same? Are they different?. Background. A Case for Change

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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

Supervision – Management – Leadership

Are they the same? Are they different?

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Background
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Building a Program – Where to Begin
  • Benchmarking the best
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The Foundation
  • 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

Building a Program – Key Components

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The Nuts and Bolts

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

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Leadership Toolbox
  • Leaders must be students…
  • On-line resource for self-development
  • Focus on experiential learning
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The Nuts and Bolts

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

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

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?

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?

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

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Information Source

www.fireleadership.gov

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Questions

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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