A Research-Based Introduction
Edited By Alexander Siedschlag
9 The Leadership LEAP: A New Approach for Homeland Security
The Leadership LEAP: A New Approach for Homeland Security
R. JEFFERY MAXFIELD, RODGER BROOMÉ, & JOHN R. FISHER
Almost every significant breakthrough is a result of a courageous break with traditional ways of thinking.1—STEPHEN R. COVEY
The world is in chaos and, unfortunately, this most likely will continue. Recent news reports are replete with stories of crises. These events demonstrate the implicit and explicit need for leadership. We believe these crises and their accompanying uncertainty are the reasons people have sought strong leaders—to bring order and sanity to an otherwise uncontrollable world. This is particularly true in homeland security and the emergency services.
Crises leadership is something that has been lightly explored, but usually in the context of business or political events. Leadership in the context we present is central to human and community existence. Robin Kielkowski states:
Leadership during crisis is essential. It is often believed to be the sole responsibility of an individual who takes command and has every answer. However, the reality is often quite different. Successful crisis response is the result of proven leadership developed through an ongoing team effort in planning long before an emergency occurs.2
This idea became very evident through our nation’s experience with the events of September 11, 2001. We looked to members of law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services, and later, the federal government to step into a...
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