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Thank you and goodbye

Congratulations on completing this short course In the video, El Parker thanks you for taking part in the course and concludes by inviting you to consider continuing your study with …

Review of the week

This week you have … discovered the importance of non-technical skills when managing an emergency situation defined leadership and seen how different situations require different styles of leadership examined different …

Introduction to situational awareness

In this section you will discover how a situation should be assessed and carry out a peer review activity of a situational assessment, receiving feedback on your ideas and giving …

Decision-making in the emergency services

Now that you have analysed some of the different styles of leadership, which is best suited to the emergency situation? In this video Paul Amos interviews Dean Harris of the …

Leadership and decision-making

In this section you will see how the different styles of leadership affect the decision-making process. There are many ways to define leadership styles. One of these is the Tannenbaum …

Naturalistic decision-making

You will now explore a relatively new approach to decision-making, naturalistic decision-making (NDM). This process is based upon studies involving high-risk environments such as flight decks, military command posts and …

Emergency decision-making

You have now been introduced to the concept of rational decision-making and seen that in many situations this may not be the strategy most often adopted. In fact, it has …

How do we make decisions?

If we accept the basic premise that effective leadership and followership is inextricably linked to sound judgement, then it follows that decision-making in all its forms is equally important. In …

The relationship between leadership and followership

Flin, O’Connor and Crichton (2008) describe followership as ‘leadership influence on subordinates’, noting that leadership is not something a leader possesses, so much as a process involving followership and, finally, …

How do we define leadership?

In this section we investigate some of the definitions used to describe types of leadership and how this affects relationships with subordinates. The most important role of the leader is …

Evaluating the broader strategic context

All organisations involved in responding to emergencies need to set policies and procedures to help guide their leadership within a complex risk environment. In this section you will apply a …

What’s next?

Next week we will … Define leadership and decision-making Identify how they form key elements in an emergency risk context Examine case studies to see the crucial relationship between leadership, …

What have we learned this week?

This week you have … Reviewed the component parts of risk management in an emergency incident context Considered the impact of societal pressures upon risk managers – how increased legislation, …

Learning from an incident

Following on from an incident, there is a chance to reflect and review the processes and procedures used in the response. You will now assess some of the different methods …