Command Presence.

What is command presence? We all know those people that have it but what does it take to have it? Command presence is being able to have other people recognize that you are in charge just by simply showing up. Instantly people on the scene of an emergency know to turn to you for direction. Having command presence is being able to control the chaos of the emergency and exhibit self-control to make sound decisions. This can also be evident in non-emergency situations around the firehouse by the way that you present yourself to other firefighters, your look, how you carry yourself and how you communicate with your crew. Command presence is not control or power but being able to build trust in your crew so that they follow your direction because they respect the knowledge and experience that you have. If a leader lacks credibility, they will not have the influence over their crew that is needed to accomplish the goals set before them.