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in the critical decision-making process. The big picture
cannot be emphasized enough in this pillar.
Individualized consideration: People are motivated
by different means, and the leader must find out
what is important or motivates each individual. Some
are motivated by compensation, promotion, or recognition. Determine what motivates your team and
assist them with realizing their tenets by one-on-one
conversations and individual development plans.
CULTURE OF INCLUSIVENESS
By taking these imperatives into consideration,
the constructs of transformational leadership can
be embedded into the organization and a culture
of inclusiveness can be established. In today’s fire
service, it takes everyone within the organization feeling empowered so that the organizational statements
can be reflected in the work that our sworn members
execute on a daily basis.
When there is conflict with the values and beliefs
of the organization, the individual must adapt and
make changes. It should not be expected that the
organization change for the individual unless the
climate and culture are unhealthy.
Reginald D. Freeman, MS, CFO, FIFireE, is the fire chief/emergency
management director for the Hartford (CT) Fire Department. He
served as fire chief for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth,
Texas. Freeman also served as the assistant chief/deputy director
of emergency management for Hartford as well as fire chief for
Lockheed Martin in Marietta, Georgia (U.S. Air Force Plant 6), where
he was named Professional of the Year in 2009. He served in Iraq
as a civilian fire chief for the United States Department of Defense
and coalition allies from 2004 to 2008, providing all hazards fire
and emergency services to forward and continuing operating bases
throughout Iraq. Freeman is the chair of the Industrial Fire and Life
Safety Section for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
and a previous board member of the Executive Fire Officer Section
of the IAFC and Technical Committee member of NFPA 1021 (Fire
Officer Professional Qualifications). He is the chair for the Commis-
sion on Professional Credentialing via the Center for Public Safety
Excellence, Inc. and is also the director of training for the Caribbean
Association of Fire Chiefs. Freeman is an accredited Chief Fire
Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. as well
as a credentialed “Fellow” with the Institution of Fire Engineers,
USA Branch. Freeman has a bachelor’s degree in leadership from
Bellevue University and a master’s degree in executive fire service
leadership from Grand Canyon University and is currently a doctoral
student in dissertation phase studying organizational leadership
with an emphasis in organizational development. He is a graduate
and Fellow of Harvard University’s Senior Executives for State and
Local Government program at the Kennedy School of Govern-
ment. Freeman is an adjunct professor for Anna Maria College,
University of Florida, and Franklin University where he lectures in
both undergraduate and graduate fire science and master of public