IAFC Bugle Brief
Sep. 22, 2014

How fire chiefs can make better decisions
Fire Chief
Fire chiefs make important decisions — in some cases, decisions that affect life and death. Should you commit resources to an interior attack on a fire? Should the department move ahead with providing ALS services? Is it in your department's best interests to consolidate with a neighboring department? Each of the decisions above is stated as a binary decision, where basically only one option is considered. Many decisions in the fire service are framed in this way.More

7 words define what employees expect from leadership
During these times of change and uncertainty, employees need leadership, not followership, from their leaders. They have grown tired of the unnecessary workplace politics that makes them feel as if they don't have a relationship with leadership they can count on — one that is reliable, honest and authentic. The 2008 recession awakened the workforce to the reality that each employee must fend for themselves as leaders focused more on their own personal agendas rather than that of the organization and the people they serve.More

Manager or leader — which is best?
By Anne Rose
There's an old expression: "Managers do things right, and leaders do the right things." It is true that managers and leaders look at the world differently and exhibit opposite styles of interacting with their environment. Managers like to maintain the status quo, hold things static. Leaders, in contrast, frequently push the boundaries of possibilities. Managers want to tidy the present, while leaders want to expand the future. Look around your company, and you'll see both types — as supervisors and as subordinates. So, which style is better?More

What bad leaders, good leaders and great leaders do
"Bad managers tell employees what to do, good managers explain why they need to do it, but great managers involve people in decision making and improvement." There might be more to management than that, but it's a pretty good start. "Lean management," or the Toyota management style, encourages leaders to live in that "good to great" range.More

The leadership equation: 7 keys to an awesome team
Terry St. Marie
Sometimes it all boils down to math. Even for something as inherently "unmathematical" as great leadership of an awesome team. Being a successful leader involves a lot of adding and multiplying that go beyond the numbers on a financial statement or an employee roster. That kind of math deals with human qualities and traits. A savvy leader knows how to use those traits in various additive and multiplicative ways to make a team better than its individual components.More

Why introverts make great leaders
There's a paradox at the heart of how we think about leaders. Ask someone to picture a stereotypical leader and most people will think of someone confident, brash and outgoing — the classic extrovert. But ask a person to think of real-life business visionaries and many of the people they're likely to name, from Bill Gates to Warren Buffet, are textbook examples of introverts. What we expect leaders to be like and the qualities that actually make a leader great are often at odds.More

How to lead in the moment without losing your mind
Fast Company
We talk a lot about leadership and the future. Here are some valid questions to ask and worthy issues to address: Where will you take your organization? How will you plan for succession? What are your long-term goals? But some of the latest thinking in leadership forces us to ask if we should be looking at this another way. Do we need to make leadership more focused on living in the now?More

Why the best leaders are self-aware
You can't be a really effective leader if you're not fully aware of the effect your actions and personality have on others. It's that simple. All too often leadership analysis focuses only on results and not how those results are attained. This has implications for how long and effectively one will be able to continue to attain them.More