2021 Wildland Fire National Leadership Campaign - Sharpening Your Tools

2021 campaign banner - Sharpening Your Tools


The theme for the 2021 Wildland Fire Leadership Campaign is “Sharpening Your Tools”


The campaign is an opportunity for personnel at the local level - whether collectively or through self-development - to focus on leadership development activities relating to the national campaign theme.


  • To promote leadership development across the wildland fire community disciplines.
  • To provide an opportunity and resources that can be used for leadership development at the local unit level.
  • To collect innovative leadership development efforts and share those efforts across the community.

End State:

A culture that creates and shares innovative leadership development efforts in order to maintain superior leadership in the fire community.

Dates of Campaign:

Any time between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.


All wildland fire personnel - line-going and support.


The campaign is flexible. Local units or teams may use or adapt any or all materials found on this website or posted on our social media platforms or develop a program or activity of your own spotlighting the campaign theme. Campaign coordinators are encouraged to craft the campaign to the needs of the local unit and team. Innovation should fuel your campaign delivery: workshops or tailgate sessions, to kick off staff meetings, as a team activity or self-directed, etc.

2021 Campaign Activities

Challenge #1

Leaders are readers and students of fire.

Challenge #2

Leaders seek to understand.

Challenge #3

Leaders appreciate constructive criticism.

Challenge #4

Leaders make their organizations better.

Challenge #5

Wildland fire leaders follow a defined set of values and principles.

Challenge #6

Leaders contribute to the greater good.

Challenge #7

Leaders know themselves and seek improvement.

Challenge #8

Leaders value learning.

  • Read “The Pillars and Tenets of Learning” section in Learning in the Wildland Fire Service.
  • As a leader, how can you help your organization improve on implementing these pillars and tenants?

Challenge #9

Leaders are readers.

  • Pick a book from the Professional Reading Program list that you’re going to read in in 2021 (doesn’t have to be from the 2021 list, can be from previous years). 
  • Tell us which one it is and why you want to read it.

Challenge #10

Leaders are students of leadership.

  • What is your favorite leadership book? 
  • What’s the leadership book you got the most out of personally? 
  • Are they the same or different books?

Challenge #11

Leaders seek to make themselves better through research and collaboration.

Challenge #12

Leaders communicate and interact with other leaders and followers.

Challenge #13

Leaders read and write.

Challenge #14

Leaders engage with their people and their peers.

Challenge #15

Leaders develop themselves and their people.

Challenge #16

Leaders read, watch, and follow.

Campaign Archives

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