Old School Rules
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CLOSING THE DOORS
Being the leader will sometimes be lonely.
Being the leader will mean you sometimes
upset others with your decisions. Being the
leader will sometimes be stressful. Great
leaders are always willing to do the work that
is necessary to go through the right door.
Taking the easy door only demonstrates
weakness and reveals a poor boss no one will
respect. Weak leaders are not doing their job.
Weak leaders will lose followers and become
Good leaders instinctively go through the
right door. They know the associated organizational disharmony is worth their efforts
and will soon be forgotten. The membership
is watching and discussing every decision
the officers make. If they constantly make
the tough decisions correctly and constantly
apply the rules to all members, the discord
will be short lived. Failing to do the right
thing at the right time will follow you
throughout your career.
Be the courageous leader who is focused on
the “fix,” making the department better.
Know the right door. Know how to open and
go through the right door. Choose the right
door every time. Be a great fire rescue service
Dennis L. Rubin is the principal partner in the fire
protection consulting firm D.L. Rubin & Associates.
He has served more than 35 years in the fire and
rescue service, where he served as a line firefighter,
company officer, command officer, and chief. He is a
field instructor with the University of Maryland Fire
& Rescue Institute and an associate instructor with
the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond
and Rio Salado Community College in Mesa, Arizona.
Rubin is a graduate of the National Fire Academy
(NFA) Executive Fire Officer Program and has been
an adjunct faculty member of the NFA since 1983.
He is also a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate
School’s Executive Leadership Course in Homeland
Security. Rubin is a certified emergency manager and
a certified incident safety officer and has obtained
the chief fire officer designation and chief medical
officer designation from the Center for Public Safety
Excellence. He is the ad hoc chair for the Wingspread
VI Conference. Rubin is the author of Rube’s Rules for
Survival, Rube’s Rules for Leadership, and D.C. FIRE
(Fire Engineering). He has an associate’s degree in fire
science management and a bachelor’s degree in fire