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Six Principles to Great Leadership

Winter Fire School

Jerry Wells

Battalion Chief
Lewisville Fire Department, TX

I still believe that the Fire Service is "the Ultimate Team Sport." For any "Team" to be successful, individual members at all levels must understand their responsibility and be as prepared as they can be to do their part. This is about aptitude and attitude. Again, personal responsibility! All must buy in to a common cause. In our case, DUTY, HONOR, DISCIPLINE, and SERVICE.

  • SAT AM
  • Start: 8:00 A.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • End: 12:00 P.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Repeat Delivery
  • SAT PM
  • Start: 1:30 P.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • End: 5:30 P.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Repeat Delivery
  • SUN AM
  • Start: 8:00 A.M., Sunday, February 4, 2018
  • End: 12:00 P.M., Sunday, February 4, 2018

Becoming a firefighter is a large step and entails many responsibilities. You need to be ready to accept the challenges and the conditions that go with the job. As you have advanced your way through the different levels of your career, you should have learned about certain things that will make you a qualified leader. During these uncertain times, leaders should follow these six principles: know your people, preparedness, responsibility, perspective, personal discipline, and elbow grease. In order to become an effective manager and lead during uncertain times, one must follow a set of enduring principles which will provide a clear road map for finding success during turbulent times.