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Teaching police, firefighters, anyone in public safety to be a leader saves lives.Integrity was the number one trait required by a leader.He should trustworthy, dependable, able to stand up and accept responsibility when under pressure. Second was vision. A leader should be clear where s/he should be leading. Leaders need vision.Leadership requires attitudes/skills appropriate for the times, futures-oriented, proactive leaders are better prepared to accept and perform the leadership role under most circumstances by adopting the philosophy/methods used by futurists in their daily lives. Thinking like a futurist provided competence and confidence to cope with whatever might lie ahead.Thinking like a futurist, using futures methods of research, applying insight and foresight to considering the path forward, providing a vision for the agency/community, instilling confidence and optimism in colleagues—all of these are necessary traits for a futures-oriented, proactive leader. Whereas some hold leaders are born, not bred, we set out to provide the best development program we could envision, determined to instill the qualities we deemed necessary to provide the type of leaders needed to lead the public safety arena in the 21 century.As for the concept that Every Officer Is a Leader. When any officer arrives on the scene of an incident she/he is expected to take a leadership role in handling the situation. Leadership potential should be assessed as part of the employment process and basic leadership development should begin with basic training and continued throughout continuing professional development in the field. Every officer is indeed a potential lead
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