Leadership is an art in itself that must be mastered not by position or privilege but by experience and interaction. One of the greatest misunderstandings in fire service leadership is that leadership is the same as management. They are actually two totally different skill sets and are mastered differently. However, to be completely effective in a leadership position, proper mastery of both must be achieved. If one of these aspects falls short, then the leadership as a position will suffer. My personal philosophy on leadership is that a good leader must have balance: balance between quality experience, training and education, coupled with a positive and relatable personality.