Leadership in Dangerous Situations provides in-depth coverage of the key psychological, social and organization factors that impact individual and organizational effectiveness for First Responders in dangerous environments.
Dangerous situations are environments where group members must routinely engage in events that place their physical and psychological well-being at risk to accomplish the organizationís objectives. International scholars and practitioners from the military, law enforcement, fire and rescue, teamed together to address the unique challenges facing dangerous context leaders.
Each chapter integrates theory and research with practical experience to address the various challenges these leaders will face while operating in dangerous situations. The intent is to provide practitioners an easily understandable guide, backed by scholarly findings, to prepare themselves and their organizations for the unique psychological, social, and physical challenges of leading and operating in dangerous contexts.
The blending of theory and empirical research with practical experience clearly illustrates the principles of effective leadership in dangerous contexts Whether one is a young leader preparing for war, a seasoned commander with multiple combat tours, a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team leader, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) supervisor, first line supervisor of a law enforcement patrol unit, or a lieutenant responsible for a shift of firemen, the challenges of leading people in contexts where life and death decisions are common are very similar.
The purpose here is to provide the leader with a better understanding of what is required to lead in dangerous contexts.
Michael D. Matthews, a former law enforcement officer, is currently Professor of Engineering Psychology at West Point and past president of the American Psychological Association's Society for Military Psychology.
Capt. Paul B. Lester is a research psychologist in the Armyís Comprehensive Soldier Fitness directorate and a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.