What does your agency do to prepare someone for a leadership position?
So our reading list isnt rigid. It's basically just some leadership books and they pick one they think would be best for that person I'll go find the book and let you know what it's called.Is there anything specific you can share? For example, the reading list? I’ve got my new team reading extreme ownership.
What classes and conferences? I’m just finishing the Fitch ASM program. It’s been surprisingly valuable. Do you send your team members to National Fire Academy for their EMS management and leadership classes?
What kind of internal classes? Things that you’ve adapted from other places or programs that you rolled on your own?
I think most leadership training is very similar and simple. Do the right thing, don't be a jerk. Every different program just presents it differently.Having been through several fad type leadership programs (anyone remember TQL and TQM?), I've learned something very valuable. Quality leaders are NOT created by some whizbang program, conference or reading list. Quality leaders are those who have a deep understanding of your company, it's policies and perhaps most importantly why those policies are in place. They know when it is acceptable to question something, and when something needs to be done without question. They earn respect by repeated demonstrations of their competence, not by their credentials or conferences attended.
There are definitely certain books and programs that can help improve their leadership style, but they can't creat a good leader out of nothing. Every leadership program has one thing in common - the claim that if you don't follow their program then you're going to fail. That is absolutely BS.
Part of leadership is accepting that. I'm a firm believer in servant leadership, but sometimes you have to be one. I'm younger than half my employees and got my position from work and educational experience.Agreed, but being a dillhole is often a matter of perspective and which side of the dill you're on.