Envision Leadership is a two-semester course that provides an analytic and strategic foundation for leadership practices. It is designed to bring two primary leadership concentrations- The Leadership Journey and The Leadership Encounter together to sharpen, or bring focus, to one’s leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities. The purpose of the course is to increase one’s capacity to lead and to have a greater understanding of the art and science of leadership. The course is designed, mainly, for those in the early stages of their own leadership journey, or those aspiring to become leaders. However, those in a discovery process to learn more about leadership will benefit from the course, regardless of how long they have been on their own leadership journey. Envision Leadership derives its name from the concept of imagining the future possibilities of what leadership can and should be like.
The course draws from several disciplines and applications and is built around two semesters of study, utilizing a class schedule of one 3 ½ hour class per week. The first semester is titled The Leadership Journey where a concentration of the focus will be on the leadership basics and the essentials of leadership (Character, Competence, and Vision). It is accompanied by a series of video lessons from The Band of Brothers; the focus being on Major Dick Winters of the 101st Airborne, Easy Company, during World War II. The videos are utilized to help demonstrate what good leadership looks like; it also addresses many of the affective dimensions of leadership. This semester is designed to give the student grounding in the fundamentals of leadership, along with real-world examples of the application of such lessons.
The second semester is titled The Leadership Encounter and takes the essentials learned in the first semester and expands the teaching on Character, Competence and Vision, utilizing many of the best classic and current leadership works. These include the works of Bennis, Collins, Covey, George, Heifetz, Hybels, Maxwell, Sinek, Spears, and Wheatley; just to name a few. There is one textbook that is utilized in the instruction for the second semester, and a part of the required reading for this course. All textbooks and videos are provided for the student as part of the costs for the course. There are also two comprehensive syllabus notebooks for each course; these contain the majority of class notes and test preparation material. The lectures and teaching for the Envision Leadership course utilize a Socratic methodology, with much time allowed for class interaction and questions.
Both semester courses include a leadership panel discussion, one mid-term exam, and a short, final paper. Attendance and completion of assignments are required for successful completion.
Each department’s Training Officer will manage the selection process. If you are interested in applying for the course, use the signup sheet tab listed on the website. This course is not intended for new firefighters. Rather, it is for those aspiring, acting, or new officers; those with the requisite years of firefighting experience to be considered for leadership are the target audience. However, more experienced firefighters and officers will also gain from the experiences of this course. Speak to your training officer for more information and clarification on who is eligible from your department for Envision Leadership.
The 2023 Envision Leadership - Leadership Encounter will be limited to 45 participants. Notification of placement will be sent to you via email and there will be a wait list established for registrants above 45. If you are on the wait list, you will be notified by email as well, and will be contacted if an opening becomes available.
Registered Participants: Once you receive email confirmation of your enrollment and placement in the class, please remit payment by check (Checks made out to "Front Range Fire Consortium") to secure your seat in the 2023 Leadership Encounter this fall.
Envision Leadership is a two-semester course that provides an analytic, strategic, and practical foundation for leadership practices. The Leadership Journey and Leadership Encounter are each one semester courses taught on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8:30am - 12:00pm. Please note, the Tuesday and Friday classes are the same and are being offered to accommodate registrants’ schedules.
TUESDAY: Tuesdays Class will be held at Windsor Severance Fire Rescue - Station 1, 100 North 7th Street Windsor, CO 80550
FRIDAY: Fridays Class will be held at Loveland Fire Rescue Authority - Station 10, 4301 Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Johnstown, CO 80534
Students are expected to attend in person however a Zoom link will be provided for those situations where virtual attendance is required. This program is designed to be equivalent to a college level course and therefore student grades will be determined by the student’s attendance, class participation, completion of a written paper and a written test. The intent of each class is to use leadership styles, philosophies, and real-life scenarios to help develop and augment the student’s ability to lead as an individual and as part of a team.
Leadership Journey is offered in the Spring and Leadership Encounter is offered in the Fall. Please check back soon for the next class schedule.
Initially each department will have available five seats; there may be more available to the larger FRFC departments IF seats available to departments are not used. There are no “at large” seats available.
There will be two cohort groups put together with between 20-25 students in each group; one will meet on Tuesday evening the other on Friday morning. You will be placed in a cohort group, however, in the application process; you will be able to express a preference for a group.
The course schedule was designed to allow those on shift to attend on a corresponding day that they are not on shift. The schedule was built to work well with the 48-96 or traditional Berkeley system (LFRA/PFA).