In this course, students will learn the adaptive leadership model and how the model relates to being in an authority role and exercising leadership. Both adaptive and technical challenges will be examined to develop understanding of the differences between them, along with disequilibrium as a necessary element in accomplishing adaptive change.
Students will also learn the definitions of community, diversity and dynamic situations. A spotlight will be focused on recognizing the existence of differences within a community, understanding the challenges that arise and produce conflict, and identifying desired outcomes as a component of exercising leadership to address the challenge.
Additionally, students will focus on how to analyze a community challenge using a variety of tools and strategies to collect information about systems, politics, demographics and cultural perspectives. They will also go over several tools and strategies that can be applied to address challenges within diverse communities and achieve desired outcomes, as well as identify what success looks like and how to measure it.
The purpose of the “Executive Skills Series: Exercising Leadership Within Communities” (ESS: ELWC) course is to provide fire service authority figures with knowledge and skills which enable them to exercise leadership when confronting adaptive challenges presented by increasingly diverse internal and external communities.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
To meet NFA attendance requirements, participants must complete each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam. Exceptions may be discussed with lead instructor.
TopicsThe Adaptive Leadership Model+Identifying Diverse Communities+Identifying Your Ability to Influence Your Community+Closing the Gap in Diverse Communities+Implementing Solutions and Measuring Success
The executive skills series courses consists of fire and emergency service personnel in positions of authority who have an opportunity to exercise leadership. At a minimum, the students should be assigned to a supervisory level position, such as Company Officer (CO).
Continuing Education and Professional CreditsTexas Commission of Fire Protection (TCFP)+State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA)