I believe there have been 240 trillion books written about leadership. (that’s an exaggeration) I’ve read a lot of them and thought half of them might have actually been useful. But after working in the fire service for over 40 years, I think I have a reasonable perspective of what good leadership might look like. I’m not representing myself as a leadership expert. But I am an expert on what I experienced over those 40 plus years. Listen to this story and let me know what you think. As always, thanks for listening.
#59 – What Does Leadership Look Like?
Bobbie Scopa Podcast 1 Minute
Published by Bobbie Scopa
I've been a wildland and municipal firefighter for over 40 years. I've held positions from firefighter up through the ranks to Chief and above. Over the years I've gathered many surprising and funny stories. Most have a good leadership lesson for all of us. I hope you enjoy them. View all posts by Bobbie Scopa
7 thoughts on “#59 – What Does Leadership Look Like?”
Thank you Bonnie. Maybe you remember me. I’ve been with CC1 for almost 34 years. I remember with , for and around you.
Remember B1 😜
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Hi Terry. Of course I remember you. I hope you’re doing well. So many changes with CC1 over the years. Let me know if you enjoy the stories. Take care my friend.
Love your stuff Bobbie, but I’m a visual learner. Do you have transcripts?
Hi Paul. Thanks for listening especially since it takes more effort for you. I don’t have any written transcriptions. I tested a transcription service and it cost me anywhere between $20 to $30 a story depending on how long it was. Since I don’t have any advertising I really can’t afford to spend $25 per story considering I have 59 stories posted now. I’m currently working on a book but that will be a while. Wish I could be more accommodating. You’re the third person who’s asked for written transcriptions. One of these days. In the meantime try to hang in there with me. And thanks for writing.
This was a good discussion and the comments from Riva and the others were equally important. I am a big fan of empowerment and since there are a hundred ways to put the fire out, and none of them are wrong, I ask, “What have you got, what do you need, what will we accomplish, and what do you need from me.” I feel like that immediately builds a team which I think is one of the biggest responsibilities of an IC/Leader if they want to get a job done safely.
Great points Scott. Empowerment definitely builds a sense of being a pstt of the team. I love the questions you present. Right on. And… thanks for listening. Hope you’re well.
I am well but this will be my last of 46 fire seasons. I also met Riva on a flight from Seattle to Medford for my last assignment on the McCash Fire. I think leadership is very easy and not complicated if you form a team.