National Wildfire Coordinating Group

L-280, Followership to Leadership, 2008

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Course Materials

These materials are for instructor-led delivery.

The pre-course work is based on a reading assignment that encourages you to examine how well prepared you are to lead others. The reading assignment is followed by a few questions that ask you to reflect on the reading in terms of your own situation. The intent of this reading assignment is two-fold. First, by reading this book as pre-course work you are afforded some time to think about the topic of leadership prior to attending the course. Second, reading in order to foster continuous learning is a key strategy for individuals who desire to improve their leadership skills throughout their career, no matter what type of business or endeavor they pursue.

Option A:

Part 1

Read the assigned book Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun by Wess Roberts, Warner Books, Inc., 1985. This book is less than 100 pages and is an enjoyable and quick read.

Part 2

Write up brief responses to the following three questions regarding the reading assignment. The entire assignment should not require more than one or two pages.

  • Question #1 – After reading Chapter 1, identify which of Attila's 17 essential qualities are your strongest three and which are your weakest three. Briefly explain why.
  • Question #2 – After reading Chapter 2, briefly explain why you want to be a leader of firefighters.
  • Question #3 – Identify which chapter in the book (other than Chapters 1 and 2) you found to be most valuable to you as a future leader of firefighters and briefly explain why.

Bring your completed written responses with you to class.

Option B:

As an alternative to the current pre-course work (Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun by Wess Roberts, Warner Books, Inc., 1985), the Leadership Committee approved the following:

Have students read Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, PMS 494-2, as the pre-course work prior to attending the course. Instructor should introduce and discuss the Professional Reading Program during the course. At the completion of the course have students complete the WFLDP Self Development Plan. This will give students the post-course assignment of choosing books from the Professional Reading Program library.

Bring your fireline gear with you to class (full Personal Protective Equipment, web gear, and boots).


Click the individual links to download material or download all materials in one zip file (8.4 MB). If needed, the video segments (mp4 files) and the related captions (srt files) are available in these two zip files:  Segments 1-3 (2.6 GB); Segments 4-5 (3.6 GB).

The Instructor Guide may contain references to appendices with presentations, exams, or ordering information. All materials from the course CD/DVD/USB are available here under the appropriate content title. While the CD/DVD/USB for this course is no longer sold through the cache, other materials might be. Reference the NWCG NFES Catalog - Part 2:  Publications, PMS 449-2.

These materials are in the process of being updated. As a result, the materials below may not be accessible. Please contact NWCG if you need assistance having the documents read.


Contact your course coordinator or email for access to the FLAC station photos and sample documents. The request must come from an official NWCG partner email address.


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