Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wildland Fire Leadership Challenges

If you are familiar with Leadership in Cinema, you may have seen a recent addition to the program called Fireline Leadership Challenges (or Leadership Challenges). The challenges are easy ways to foster leadership development whether in a group or individually.

Very brief descriptions of the challenges are listed below. For complete information, visit the Leadership in Cinema homepage at http://www.fireleadership.gov/toolbox/documents/lead_in_cinema.htm.

If you have created similar challenges and would like to share them with others, please send them to mailto:leadership_feedback@nifc.blm.gov?subject=Fireline%20Leadership%20Challenges.

Courage Under Fire

1. Engage the Professional Reading Program.

2. Participate in the US Airways Flight 1549—Competent Courage: Real-life Case Study.

Trail of Tears

1. Become a wildland fire mentor, mentee, or both.

2. Work with other wildland fire leaders in your area/agency to create a mentoring program.


1. Obtain a copy and read “The Leadership Teachings of Geronimo: How 19 Defeated 5000” by Donald J. Fielder and “You don’t Need a Title to be a Leader” by Mark Sanborn.

2. Implement a reading program at your home unit.

3. Read Lt. Col. Robert A. Garland’s Naval War College thesis titled “Physical and Moral Courage: An Essential Personal Attribute of a Successful Theater Strategic Commander” located at http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-in/GetTRDoc?AD=ADA494267&Location=U2&doc=GetTRDoc.pdf.

Wounded Knee

1. Learn more about yourself and your leadership style through informal (online) or formal assessment processes.

2. Leaders are readers. Expand your knowledge of the quite reader by obtaining a copy and reading “Leading Quietly” by Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr.

3. Obtain a copy of the 2004 Annual Fireline Safety Refresher The Numbers Tell the Story which touches on lessons learned and policies and procedures that came out of historical wildland fires.

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