We've always heard people are born leaders, they aren't made.
I'm not sold on that theory.
There are some who have that natural ability to lead a group of men and women into battle, but what about those who have been molded over time due to training and dedication to the service?
As a Chief Officer, it's great to sit back and watch a member grow and mature. To watch their confidence grow and have the ability to take that Probationary member to the side and show technique.
If we recognize it or not, we mold lives and shape futures based on the leadership we provide and our training on the fire ground.
At our department, we have a firefighter who has all the ability in the world to be a solid engine & truck man. For the last 10 years, you never knew he was there because he didn't say much, or just didn't get involved in discussion.
We tried, but he always kept to himself.
Now that firefighter is providing leadership and showing others the way. Not only how to conduct themselves on the fire and training grounds, but outside the fire house.
We often forget that we are a reflection of our department.
Development of leaders takes time, effort and a solid commitment on all sides.
As Chief Officers, we must continue to train and develop these firefighters so the service will carry on and be better than what it is today.
Every department in the nation must possess the core values of honesty, integrity, professionalism and teamwork.
Keep training, keep growing and keep getting better!