What is it about?

Despite being a critical piece of the workplace experience, leadership training is not common provided to field clinicians looking to assume leadership positions in Emergency Medical Services. Developing those skills that make a successful leader on your own can be an extremely difficult and stressful process. This paper explores how current leaders within the profession managed to develop leadership traits and suggests ways future leaders can prepare themselves.

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Why is it important?

Regardless of where you live, Emergency Services are a critical part of day-to-day life. EMS organizations are expected to respond at all hours of the day to successfully care for patients; in order to do so, those responders must be lead in an intentional way. Prioritizing meaningful leadership development will not only improve how front-line staff are managed, but also improve staff retention and support organizational succession plans.

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Writing this article allowed me to connect with and learn from many outstanding leaders within the Emergency Medical Services profession. My hope is that both new and seasoned leaders can also learn from these lived experiences to deepen leadership skills.

Jake Waller
University of Missouri Columbia

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This page is a summary of: Identifying effective paramedic leadership skills, International Paramedic Practice, September 2022, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/ippr.2022.12.3.55.
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