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The Furnace of Leadership Development

SKU: 9781733073509
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In the absence of leadership, decisiveness vaporizes, indecision rules, and talent walks out the door.

Do you feel your leadership skills don't measure up?

Have you been left with the impression that leadership is an easy path?

Are you afraid to ask questions about leadership for fear others will think less of you?

Join Rick at the firehouse kitchen table for a cup of coffee and insight into the challenges faced by leaders. You'll learn:

  • The pain and rewards of INTEGRITY
  • The need for strong relationships to BUILD TRUST
  • Why organizational MONSTERS are created
  • To EMBRACE the chaos of decision-making
  • How to develop a leadership ACTION PLAN

and so much more!

Dive into the furnace, become a leader with character, and take action when others won't.



Rick Davis |

Rick Davis is a retired battalion chief from the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority (LFRA) in Colorado. He served as a firefighter for thirty-seven years and with LFRA for over twenty-nine. During his time with LFRA, Rick led the Special Operations Team, the hazardous materials team, wildland firefighting program, recruiting program, health and safety program, and served as the department's training chief. Rick is a veteran of both the United States Air Force and United States Marine Corps.

Over the course of his career, Rick has spoken about and taught leadership and decision making to fire service, industry, and church groups. He wrote two research papers on situational awareness and tactical decision making under stress, and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Kennedy Western University, a M.S. in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University, and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program.

Originally from Cedarville, New Jersey, he now lives in Loveland, Colorado with his wife, Debbie, two daughters, Rebekah and Emily, and their dog, Java. Rick is a student of leadership and military history, and finds studying the Gettysburg Campaign of 1863 of great interest. He enjoys the Atlantic Ocean and walking Civil War battlefields. To invite Rick to speak at your event or organization, please contact him.

You may also contact Rick at Leadership Speakers Bureau to schedule him for speaking or leadership engagements.


"Authentic. Genuine. Sincere. Honest.
Rather than write a book on leadership that reads like a "how-to" manual or "assembly instruction", Rick takes on a life-journey of leadership. He weaves the critical aspects of leadership - integrity, character, credibility, trust, wisdom - into the stories that forged his life. Rick doesn't just tell us how to be good leaders, he shows us the way and then guides us along the path. And, he doesn't pretend to be the perfect, flawless leader. He walks us through his own struggles and challenges as a leader. Well worth the read!"

Pete Tomassi

"This is a truly well written book on leadership. Although the stories are firefighter related, the leadership lessons and examples are applicable to any workforce. This is a perfect book for any fire officer development course.

The book is very easy to read, down to earth, and full of stories of that are entertaining, humbling, and honest. This book will make you reflect on your own attributes and leadership style. I highly recommend to anyone that is aspiring to be a leader or is already in a leadership role."

Rene J. Macias