Often times we see new officers promote into a position and the first thing they try and do is control everything. It is not because they feel their crew is incompetent, but because they have insecurities about the new position they have taken on. It is imperative that these officers are taught that being the boss does not mean you have to be the boss. The firehouse often contains a mix of Autocratic, but Democratic style of leading where as the officer does have to decisive, but should allow for others thoughts to be considered and used if it is the best solution offered. Also differ some decision making to the next person in charge such as your Senior Man. My point is by not engaging in everything that takes place you promote and air of confidence about your self and instill trust in your people that will carry a very long way. I caution officers who often have to take control of everything or remind people on a regular basis that they are the ” Boss “. I leave you with this question of the last sentence. If all of that is required for you to feel empowered are you really in control or the boss?
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