Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Wildland Firefighter interview
The interviewer wants to hear that you have experience leading a team. This doesn't necessarily mean you were a manager or that you were a captain. Good leaders have the ability to lead by example through their words and their actions. Strong leaders have exceptional interpersonal skills and can communicate effectively with all personalities in even the most stressful situations. Leaders listen to others and are observant to anticipate needs before urgent action needs to be taken. If you have experience leading a team, share what your team accomplished and how your qualities helped enhance the team.
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Tell me about your leadership abilities.
My leadership abilities appeal to my mindset as in you are only as strong as your mind & ability to make decisions.
Able to take charge if needed and and make sure everyone is safe.
My leadership abilities as a senior are adequate to good, in my opinion. I enjoy mentoring younger firefighters to show them how to be more efficient, and to pass on little pieces of information to make their jobs easier and them more productive. As a senior in charge of a couple firefighters or an entire squad I am comfortable carrying out assignments given to me by a squad boss or foreman. I don't always have a lot of patience for people who don't take the task seriously so I try to motivate the group early on to mitigate low enthusiasm or bad attitudes. I can be a little bit of a micro-manager if I see room for improvement or a task being performed is less than how I expected it to come together. Communicating my intentions of what I want to see done has been something I have been working on these last few years and improved greatly. Having the experience in the job and knowing how to express the intent to crew members has made me a much better senior firefighter. I strive to give very clear intent, and concise instruction.
I like to think of myself as a leader that sets the example. I am not going to ask my subordintares to do anything that I have not done myself. I do not believe to can fully lead if you are not 100% confident in how the job should be done.
I like to take charge and lead by example.
I take a huge respnsibility into being a leader because so many more people look up to you to make the right decisions in a high stressful situation.
Communitive, honest, team player, awareness, empathy, accountability.
I plan, motivate and deliver.
Able to take charge and make sure everyone is safe.