Leadership under extreme conditions: A qualitative study of volunteer firefighter leader's experiences

by Dixon, Bracy C., Jr., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2014, 96 pages; 3615111


This results of this qualitative study reveal the true essence of leadership among firefighters. Firefighters are devoted to a profession that is often associated with dangerous conditions and extreme environments. This study explores the origin and history of the modern day firefighter in America. The seminal work of researchers in the field of leadership is examined providing the reader with traditional settings and industries used in leadership research of the past. Furthermore, this study identifies characteristics of leaders that operate daily in dangerous environments, extreme condition or exigent circumstances. The dynamics of leadership are often complicated with the dyadic relationship of leader follower and extreme conditions exacerbate that relationship. Warren Bennis states, "The real test of character for a leader is to nurture those people whose stars may shine as brightly as or brighter than the leaders' own" (2004). Finally, suggestions for future research concerning firefighter leadership under extreme conditions are provided.

AdviserDon Nowill
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsPhilosophy; Management; Public health education
Publication Number3615111

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