Reinvestment in resources at EMS agencies traditionally involves the purchase of new equipment, ambulances, and uniforms. Unfortunately very few agencies find the funds to invest in the professional development of their personnel. This often results in EMTs and Paramedics going through their careers absent any guidance that is not clinical in nature. What’s worse is the Supervisors, Managers, and even Directors are left to figure out their roles themselves through trial and inevitably a whole lot of error.
I recently read a new book titled Ultimate Leadership: 10 Rules for Success by Chris Cebollero. Chris is a well known EMS Chief from St. Louis, Missouri and co-hosts the Inside EMS Podcast with Kelly Grayson. He has been active with NAEMT and previously hosted and produced the EMS Leadership podcast.
From the book’s description:
My leadership journey began as a leader in the U.S. Air Force in 1986. I was unprepared and lacked the needed experience to lead the workforce with success. I have to admit to you that this very first leadership position was a failure for me and my employees. In part, it was due to not having a mentor or someone to teach me how to be a good leader. I was growing my leadership career on a foundation of failure. My experiences with this kind of failure led me to learn valuable lessons the hard way, for the next 10 years!
In the beginning, my leadership style was based on egotism,ignorance, and wanting to advance my career instead of growing my team. Over this time frame, mistakes mounted and lessons were learned. Leadership is both an art and a science, and if you do not know the science of leadership, you will not be able to paint the portrait of success.
While not trying to reveal any spoilers, I do want to highlight why I think this is a book that should be read by not only those looking to further their development as leaders, but by every EMT and Paramedic in the field or any person thinking about coming into the field.
Rule One: Never Allow Your Emotions To Dictate Your Actions has to do with Emotional Intelligence. Hopefully this is not a foreign concept for anyone reading this post, because if it is then you definitely NEED to read this book. Developing Emotional Intelligence is not necessarily an easy thing to do. This is something that develops over time and with practice. It is something we should be doing not just as leaders, but as EMTs and Paramedics tasked with caring for others. This isn’t just a leadership quality, it should be an EMS quality.
It ties directly into Rule Six: Stop Listening to What Employees Are Saying. I know how that rule looks, but to understand it better you really need to read the chapter. Change out the word Employees with Patients, apply the same concepts to take your patient care to the next level. This is what we as providers should be striving for.
Although many of the “rules” were not necessarily new to me, I greatly enjoyed reading this book. I found the way that Chris explained ethereal theories in tangible manners to be helpful and found myself gaining a greater understanding of the concepts to put into actual practice. As I mentioned earlier I think this is a great book, I think every EMT and Paramedic should read it, but more importantly begin practicing the techniques it offers.
Don’t wait, get your copy of Ultimate Leadership: 10 Rules for Success today and begin becoming a better EMT, Paramedic, and Leader starting tomorrow.