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A few words on leadership...
"A leader with vision has a clear, vivid picture of where to go, as well as a firm grasp on what success looks like and how to achieve it. But it's not enough to have a vision; leaders must also share it and act upon it". Jack Welch, former Chairman and CEO of General Electric
Leadership is very important across the Barwon South West region and we have been looking at how we can develop our future leaders.
This has led us to look at the role of the District Planning Committee (DPC) now and into the future. There are some great opportunities for chairs and members and we want to look at how we can help them become future leaders in the region.
One of the ideas we're exploring at the moment is whether it should continue as a planning committee, become a leadership group or move into the future encompassing both aspects.
We have also discussed the possibility of including the DPC chairs in our Regional Leadership Team as active members and plan to make this happen in the near future following consultation with key stakeholders.
I see this as an opportunity to give key volunteers insight into the leadership and management of the region. Extending this knowledge into the region is something that will only enhance the way we work together performing our jobs to the best of our ability, whether staff or volunteers.
They will have first-hand access to information about regional and statewide issues, management procedures and input into the management of the region. The involvement of key volunteers requires a high level of cabinet solidarity as they will have access to confidential issues.
Something that should not be underestimated is the opportunity to have a greater voice and ability to represent brigade members at all levels. It will give our volunteer leaders a greater voice!
The members will not just observe the Regional Leadership Team but will be given specific tasks such as developing and maintaining the Barwon South West Multi Year Plan and our Fire Operations Infrastructure Plan
Further to this, I want to revisit and further develop our Regional Leadership Team charter, values and behaviours that are specifically put together and applicable to all managers and the DPC chairs.
These changes will all be undertaken in consultation with DPC members. I plan to talk to the each of them about how they see their role changing and evolving in the future when it comes to planning and leadership.