The Defence Force, Emergency Services and Enforcement agencies are the cornerstone of a functional society, ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of the communities they serve. The high pressure and ever-changing nature of this work requires a unique blend of reactive and proactive leadership skills and an awareness of not only how to deal with a situation, but to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your team.
The role resilience and stress management play in an industry so regularly defined by tough decisions and high-pressure situations cannot be understated; an inability to handle urgency and stress can have serious consequences. By reinforcing stress management practices and developing resilience strategies, leaders can prepare for adversity and stay calm and collected when things go awry, resulting in more effective decision-making.
In addition to effective stress management practices, leadership advancement requires an understanding of how to navigate the traditionally male dominated professions of Emergency Services, Enforcement and Defence. By understanding how these organisations have established and the behavioural norms that represent them, leaders will become aware of the unconscious biases that often impact the decisions and choices made, that can help or hinder career advancement.