Mutual Aid Fire

Lessons on leadership
April 27, 2009, 6:51 pm
Filed under: Leadership

The following is some notes from a recent class on leadership given by Chief Kanzigg of Midway Fire District Chief has been in the fire service for many years, spending most of his time working for the City of Mobile before joining the ranks of Midway Fire.

Chief Kanzigg

Chief Kanzigg

Dress the part, 1st impressions are everything

Say kind words in morning to the crews, making eye contact with everyone around you

Don’t come into work on you cell phone, answer calls etc. it gives the impression that those around you are not important

Look confident even when you are not. Stay calm. Be confident in your decision

Slow to speak & react. Be a avid listener

Pay attention to detail.

Let your actions speak not your words

If your men respect you they’ll work hard for you

Fight for you guys, but know what you are fighting for. Fight for the right things (Take note some of you Chiefs out there and bravo to you who stand strong!)

Keep up with the times and culture around you

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

These were a few notes I was able to take during his quick class he put on some time ago. I hope you enjoy them, I know I did. I usually try and put things like this in the back of my mind for the future. I hope you will too…

Here are a couple of things I thought of during his class.

Respect, in the fire service, can be given by rank BUT is always earned…not demanded

Don’t forget where you came from, because those you lead you haven’t…

What are yours?-DJ MAF

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I had a Chief tell me one time. Be FIRM but FAIR. If you treat everyone the same no matter what, then you will earn the respect of those you lead.

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