Becoming a leader

By Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove

I remember how weird it felt when I first became a fire captain, after almost twelve years of being a front-line firefighter. I didn’t completely understand the root of these feelings but I quickly learned that as a captain the funny sarcastic remark I would make to another firefighter as their peer was now taken in a much different way. Although I didn’t feel I had changed, in the minds of my crew I was indeed different – I was their leader. When I became a battalion chief, I noticed that . . .

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