EMG 6305: Leadership and Decision Making in Emergency Management


Reviews the history, evolution, theoretical concepts, and technologies used in emergency planning and management. Students differentiate disasters and hazards and apply knowledge of the four-stage response to disaster preparedness, emergency planning, mitigation response, and recovery. Students demonstrate comprehension of theory and practice in the public sector by writing up a final emergency management policy.


  1. Analyze the theoretical leadership paradigms that impact the emergency services management (ESM) field.
  2. Examine historical events that have shaped ESM leadership roles today.
  3. Critique the impact that the management systems used in ESM (NIMS and ICS) have on leadership roles within the ESM field.
  4. Assess the importance of various leadership styles on ESM decision-making during critical events.
  5. Produce communication that is professional and consistent with the expectations for members of the ESM field.


  1. EMG 5000


Leadership: Theory and practice (Rev: 8th ed.)

Publisher: SAGE (2019)
Author: Northouse, P. G.
ISBN: 9781506362311
Price: $91.52

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