TFCA Leading Among Friends Workshop (Central Texas)


Wednesday, May 30
9:00am – 4:30pm
Alamo Heights Fire Dept
6116 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209

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Wednesday, May 30
9:00am – 4:30pm
Alamo Heights Fire Dept
6116 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209

Leading Among Friends in the Fire Service: How to Appropriately Develop Your Relationships Without Harming Your Career

It’s great to love the people you work with, but those same positive feelings can lead to negative outcomes when you or someone close to you gets promoted and suddenly becomes the boss. Few things stir the pot in fire departments like perceptions of favoritism, which lurk in the background when friends become supervisors. The good news is that you don’t have to give up your feelings for the people you work with to lead them effectively. Your friends aren’t stupid—they know you are the boss—and they almost all want you to succeed. You can channel their good intentions by setting and maintaining boundaries and by honing a few key leadership and communication skills to interact with them in a way that’s real, but that’s also appropriate. The Leading Among Friends course will arm leaders with the tools they need to develop relationships in the fire service while also developing their careers.

During this workshop, attendees will learn how to:

  • Maintain important relationships without sacrificing the ability to exert authority.
  • Recognize the many problems associated even being perceived as playing favorites.
  • Assert themselves as leaders without being abrasive.
  • Set and maintain realistic expectations while transitioning into a leadership role.
  • Communicate clear expectations and boundaries to subordinates.
  • Establish and maintain strong peer-to-peer relationships.
  • Repair relationships that get off track.

Testimonials from Texas Fire Chiefs

“It’s great to have all of my officers all on the same page when it comes to creating a more accountable department–I’m very glad I sent them to this training. The content is first class, and the training teaches everyone practical and important skills they can immediately put into practice.”
-Russell Sander, Fire Chief, Marble Falls Fire Rescue

“You won’t find a better teacher for important fire service topics than Geoffrey Tumlin. He knows his stuff, he knows how to connect with fire service personnel, and he excels at teaching the communication and leadership skills that fire officers need to succeed.”
-Robert Abbott, Fire Chief, Lake Travis Fire Rescue

About the workshop leader: Dr. Geoffrey Tumlin is the president of On-Demand Leadership and the author of Stop Talking, Start Communicating (McGraw-Hill, 2013). Geoffrey earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and his B.S. from West Point. After graduating from West Point, Geoffrey served as an infantry officer in Hawaii. His work has appeared in over 150 media outlets and publications, including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Fast, SiriusXM radio, Fox BusinessInvestor’s Business Daily, andCNNMoney/, and he’s a frequent guest of fire service organizations throughout Texas.