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Wildland Fire Leadership: You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader

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Wildland Fire Leadership: You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader

You don’t need to have a title to be a leader on the fireline.

So writes¬†Pam McDonald in her recent post on the Wildland Fire Leadership Blog. Citing author Mark Sanborn’s book You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader (part of the curriculum in WFL’s Professional Reading Program), McDonald points out “Each one of us is a leader, whether a leader of one, new leader, leader of people, leader of leaders, or leader of organizations”.

One the fireline, it is vitally important that firefighters work as a cohesive unit, responding to and implementing the tasks given then by the Incident Commander. However, there is opportunity for individual leadership for everyone on every fire. Even the most inexperienced firefighter can be a leader by listening closely to instructions and asking questions when he doesn’t understand and making the choice stay alert and aware of his conditions.

This book is a great read for everyone involved in wildland fire. Sanborn’s book is in stock at Amazon, and used copies can be had for as little as $.96 plus shipping.

Photo credit WAstateDNR- Department of Natural Resources via Creative Commons

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