Episode 62 - LEADERSHIP: An Introspective Analysis

The word, “leadership,” especially in the ranks of first responders, is bandied about by many. And for all those that participate in this conversation, there are probably at least, twice or three times the number of definitions of what leadership is in emergency services. In this podcast, our guest, Asst. Chief John Luca of Boca Raton Fire-Rescue Services, provides us with a new and deeper definition of the term and strongly encourages us to look inward first, before we even think of leading others.

Chief Luca guides us on a path through what he calls, an introspective analysis; meaning that before we can even think of leading others, what type of leadership skills do we have in leading our individual self? With over 27 years in the fire service, Chief Luca makes no claims that he was a great self-leader throughout his career. He is quite open in his self-critique, through which he guides us in the hope of assisting us in finding our “way;” not just through a long career, but also through a long, enjoyable and healthy retirement once we complete our duty.

I urge you to listen to this surprisingly frank discussion with Chief Luca. I can guaranty you that this is not another “routine” podcast on being a good leader on the fireground and in the firehouse. This episode proceeds down roads many of us have barely thought of, yet it will have a great deal of meaning or meanings to every listeners.

Note This is our final episode of 5-Alarm Task Force" of Season 2. After a few weeks off, we'll be right back in the studio around mid-August, to bring you more interesting guests, talking about this great fire service that we love. So, stay safe - stay hydrated and stay tuned, as there's always more to come!

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