The leadership exercise activity

Leadership exercise

The leadership exercise activity is based on the physical characteristics and resources of a real facility located in New York City. The exercise focuses on an operational and planning scenario and includes the development of an Exercise Report also known as an After-Action Report (AAR). Links and materials, including the required report template, are provided in the attachments below.

Note: Since the AAR are completed utilizing a template, compliance with the most recent approved APA format is only required for in-text citations and references.

The AAR is created by incorporating targeted leadership knowledge development, self-assessment assignments, and homeland security or public safety leadership analysis with your observations from the leadership exercise. The AAR represents a personal understanding and plan of public safety leadership based on the course research, lecture content, conferences, reports, the leadership exercise, and your leadership performance. The completed AAR correlates with professional homeland security and public safety leadership best practices, resulting in a tangible product that can become a base for future leadership development.

The AAR will be developed using the provided template and structured to cover all of the following topics:

  • Presentation and discussion of academic and anecdotal resource materials
  • Deconstruction of current homeland security or public safety leadership
  • Identification of acceptable and effective professional homeland security or public safety leadership principles
  • Collation of data from personal leadership self-assessment assignments and Personal Leadership History Report
  • Comparison and contrast of self-assessment data, to include applicability, with best practices and identified leadership principles
  • Presentation and discussion of future personal leadership development and opportunity

To complete this assignment, perform the following tasks:

  • Please first read the Hurricane Chester Exercise Instructions that provides an overview of the assignment.
  • Next, please read the Participant Guide that provides detailed guidance on how to conduct the exercise.
  • If you have any questions on how to complete the exercise, please contact the course faculty.
  • Once you fully understand the assignment, please conduct the exercise by reading the HMLS 495 Exercise Slides.
  • Finally, please complete the Hurricane Chester Exercise Report Template.
  • Remember to turn in the completed report on time.

Requirements: 4 pages

Use the template for report


Answer preview

Assumptions:   From the perspective of the Executive Director, assess key or major assumptions about the organization, its business model, and emergency planning, e.g., pre-disaster preparations. Do not simply repeat facts provided in the exercise. Rather, assumptions should reflect conditions such as preparation, training, and mitigations or conditions that affect evacuation, response, or recovery.

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