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Ms. Ciera Fenske

My philosophy of leadership is best described in a quote by John Quincy Adams, “if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Leadership is not about who you are or how many bugles you have, it is about how you present yourself, define yourself, manage yourself, and encourage others to do so; leadership is a lifestyle. A leader recognizes that each individual has potential and elicits it by inspiring them to be more and do more. I desire to enhance my department educationally by rousing them to go after what they want, and to believe it’s never too late to pursue an education. I want to create a culture shift that encourages continuous education and supports it. I hope that others will follow my lead to exceed the minimum requirements purely for a desire to learn more. Operationally, I wish to lead a department with passionate, respectful, and empathetic providers who go above and beyond for the community. Providers who resist the easy route and actively choose the less traveled route. Organizationally and beyond, I envision Fire and EMS administrations that do not just talk about coronary disease, cancer, obesity, PTSD, and suicide, but actively research it, improve the statistics, and change our future. I realize that what I seek will not be easy, I am asking to rewrite the core of an organization whose motto is “because we’ve always done it that way” and transform it. While I may never fully realize this goal, success will be measured in the people of the organization, for it only takes one to start a chain reaction.