In this course, students are introduced to the adaptive leadership model and how the model relates to being in an authority role and exercising leadership. They will examine the sources of power and the limits of one’s authority. Students will also focus on defining difficult conversations and recognizing when they should occur, analyzing the elements of a difficult conversation to appropriately plan for its conduct, and examining how their own personal feelings and traits play a role in a difficult conversation. Additionally, students will examine several tools for conducting difficult conversations, including the Ladder of Inference tool, the Left-Hand Column tool, and the Balancing Inquiry and Advocacy tool. Finally, students will focus on conducting a difficult conversation. They will learn several leadership skills that are useful in conducting a difficult conversation, and go over the five steps for conducting a difficult conversation. By the end of the course, students will have developed a plan for conducting a difficult conversation in their lifetime.The purpose of this “Executive Skills Series: Exercising Leadership Through Difficult Conversations” (ESS: ELTDC) course is to provide knowledge and skills in having difficult conversations in order to exercise leadership when addressing adaptive challenges.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
To meet NFA attendance requirements, participants must complete each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and/or end of course exam. Exceptions may be discussed with lead instructor.
TopicsThe Adaptive Leadership Model+Authority and Power+Creating a Plan for a Difficult Conversation: Identifying the Issue+Creating a Plan for a Difficult Conversation: Analyzing the Elements+Tools for Difficult Conversations+Conducting a Difficult Conversation
All of the executive skills series courses consists of fire and emergency service personnel in positions of authority who have an opportunity to exercise leadership. At a minimum, the students should be assigned to a supervisory level position, such as Company Officer (CO).
Continuing Education and Professional CreditsTexas Commission of Fire Protection (TCFP)+State Firemen’s and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA)