When transitioning from firefighter to officer, the first thing we have to realize is we are now the leader first and friend second. If you want to remain buddies with everyone, then don’t take the position of officer. The crews need a leader and a leader leads.
Before you make a decision to be an officer, realize that you will have to be a leader and you will have to do leader stuff. Leader stuff is going to upset some of your buddies so if you can’t or don’t want to do leader stuff, stay in the buddy position and be a bud.
Now, if you want to be an officer and a respected leader then, like my friend Frank Viscuso stays, “STEP Up and Lead”.
Here Are 5 Ways:
- Let them know that you love them and respect them, but you are the leader now and you will do leader stuff.
- Decide to lead by influence and do it. This will allow you to be respected and loved as a leader. Realize that this is different than buddy love and respect.
- Set the expectations for your crew and let them know that if they break those expectations, they will be held accountable.
- Realize that you will be tested. So anticipate it and respond quickly. Be strong and be fair. This shows you mean business and that you have no favorites.
- Continue to study other great leaders of influence and emulate them.
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