Forest Fires Directorate: theme of the 2019 National Land Campaign

The Forest Fire Leadership Development Program is pleased to announce the National Forest Fire Leadership Campaign 2019 – The Art of Leading.

Task: The campaign is an opportunity for local staff – whether collectively or through personal development – to focus on leadership development activities related to the national campaign theme.


  • Promote leadership development in all disciplines of the forest fire community.
  • Provide an opportunity and resources that can be used for leadership development at the local unit level.
  • Collect innovative leadership development efforts and share these efforts across the community.

Final state: A culture that creates and shares innovative leadership development efforts to maintain superior leadership in the firefighter community.

Dates of the campaign:
Any period between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

All members of the wildfire staff – accompanied and accompanied.

Implementation: The campaign is flexible. Local units or teams may use or adapt some or all of the material on our website or social media platforms or develop a program or activity of your own, highlighting the theme of the campaign. Campaign coordinators are encouraged to tailor the campaign to the needs of the local unit and team. Innovation should fuel the dissemination of your campaign: workshops or liftgate sessions, to start staff meetings, in groups or groups, etc.

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Read the following excerpt from Leader in the forest fire department.

Art of leadership

Leaders deeply affect people and organizations, both positively and negatively. Accidental leaders, uninterested or enthusiastic about leadership responsibilities or self-improvement, may inhibit
growth of people and reduce the efficiency of their organizations.

Conversely, committed leaders, avid students of leadership art, can inspire others and make a huge difference in people's lives, team results and organizational progress.

The art of leadership requires a constant exchange of theory and application. Art also includes the ability to display an overview – to discern how to turn a weakness into a force, by measuring what is and is not under our control. Leaders constantly balance the known and the unknown, the danger and the opportunity to find ways to take advantage.

In the end, the art of leadership requires finding a good balance between many factors in the real world, depending on the situation, to get a positive result.

On occasion, leaders may be asked to give an authoritarian, autocratic and tightly controlled leadership that requires immediate obedience. But most of the time, leaders inspire, guide and support their subordinates, thus gaining their commitment to the vision and mission and encouraging them, within established limits, to practice their craft creatively.

The challenge of leadership in the forest fire service is to encourage people to perform tasks and achieve goals in confused, dangerous and ambiguous conditions. Leaders balance the risks and potential gains of any decision and action. Because of the inherent complexity of this world, they are often confronted with morally difficult decisions – with enormous consequences – alone, unable to be guided by a chain of command.

At these times, fire chiefs rely on values, judgment, and the art of leadership.