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 are three textbooks that are 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.
Envision Leadership is a two-semester course that provides an analytic and strategic foundation for leadership practices. The courses are taught with students assigned to one of two “cohort” groups; one group will meet on Tuesday evening, the other group meets on Friday morning. Students may attend a class on their non-assigned day IF they are on-shift for their assigned day. This method eliminates the need for the student to take vacation, or get coverage to attend classes. The system is designed to work with either the 48-96 shift-staffing model, or the more traditional “Berkeley” system. The following is the schedule for the first course, The Leadership Journey, starting this fall. All classes will be held at Aims College – Windsor Campus.
Check back soon for the schedule for the next classes.