Alain St-Pierre: The Man Who Fought More Than Fire

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CASE STUDY. This case tells the story of Alain St-Pierre, fire captain and the most decorated firefighter in Montréal’s history, from childhood through retirement.

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Alain St-Pierre: The Man Who Fought More Than Fire: Abstract

Alain St-Pierre: The Man Who Fought More Than Fire is a case study by Cyrille Sardais, Gabriel Tessier and Jérémie Scraire-Laframboise.

This case tells the story of Alain St-Pierre, fire captain and the most decorated firefighter in Montréal’s history, from childhood through retirement. It describes the key points of Alain’s career, his heroic feats as firefighter, his influence as lieutenant and captain, and his failures. Alain’s management “philosophy” and personality traits are also discussed.

Multi-part case

  • Part A
  • Part B (for teachers only)
  • Part C (for teachers only)

Teaching objectives

Explore the concepts of heroism and leadership:

  • Their differences and similarities
  • Understand that charismatic leadership is based on a belief. Understanding the perceptions of others is thus fundamental to understanding charismatic leadership
  • Understand that charismatic leadership can appear suddenly and is not necessarily lasting
  • Understand the importance of (the perception of) heroic acts or miracles in charismatic leadership
  • Explore the limitations and dangers of charismatic leadership

Main themes covered

  • Charismatic domination
  • Charismatic leadership

Additional information

Also available in French.

Teaching notes are available for teachers only. Please contact HEC Montréal Case Centre.

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