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Leadership and Influence

Independent Study 240.a

May 2010

Course Overview

Being able to lead others - to motivate them to commit their energies and expertise to achieving the shared mission and goals of the emergency management system - is a necessary and vital part of every emergency manager, planner, and responder’s job. This course is designed to improve your leadership and influence skills. It addresses:

Leadership from within.

How to facilitate change.

How to build and rebuild trust.

Using personal influence and political savvy.

Fostering an environment for leadership development.

FEMA’s Independent Study Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Independent Study Program is one of the delivery channels that the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) uses to provide training to the general public and specific audiences.

Knowledge Checks

To help you know when to proceed, each unit is followed by a Knowledge Check that addresses the material contained in the unit. The Knowledge Check asks you to answer questions that apply to what you have learned in the unit. The answers to the Knowledge Check follow each Knowledge Check.

When you finish each exercise, check your answers, and review the parts of the text that you do not understand. Do not proceed to the next unit until you are sure that you have mastered the current unit.

Unit 1: Course Introduction

As an emergency management professional, you must be able to use leadership and influence effectively to lead your organization and the community in planning for, preventing, and responding to emergency situations and disasters. Leadership involves providing vision, direction, coordination, and motivation toward achieving emergency management goals. These skills are necessary whether dealing with subordinates, those with more authority than you, your peers in partner organizations, volunteers, or the public.

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