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The Furnace of Leadership Development

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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.


"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

First off, this Leadership Book isn't based off of some theory, or scientific study done by people who have never been in a leadership role in their lives. This book is based on real world, practical, and extremely effective leadership practices by someone who has lived, and implemented these practices, with outstanding results!

The way that this book is written, with real world and humorous examples, make it very relatable, applicable, and implementable in todays leadership challenges. The way that the author ties together his own personal stories with the lessons he presents makes this a very valuable and must have read for any organization or person in a leadership role. Although the authors background is in Military and Fire Service, the lessons he teaches are relevant to all leadership roles. Very highly recommend this book to all leaders!

– Cliff Shuffler, CEO Mindful Architecture
Inspirational Public Speaker and Coach

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