When we first think about the topic of leadership, we often make an immediate association with a person holding a formal title. Yet leadership is a far more comprehensive concept, particularly in professions where lives can be on the line. Events in policing can spiral into crisis quickly, requiring immediate action to prevent or respond to tragedy. Such are leadership moments, even when no formal leader is on the scene.
Each police officer, even those not holding a formal rank has the sworn duty to lead by example on two key levels. First, within the community that the officer serves. Second, among the other members of the officer’s unit, department, and profession. The best formal leaders understand that fundamentally, leadership is about persuasion. These leaders, draw upon their own informal (or relational) leadership abilities, and they do not rely upon the power of their rank alone to get others to act. They inspire.
The best leaders understand that leadership is more than words – it is the full expression of all of their actions. They develop and draw upon the skills of those around them. They understand a fundamental truth. In life, none of us can do absolutely everything ourselves. This is true for the newest police officer, and for the chief of police. The best formal leaders seek to build a highly-effective organization, which is comprised of highly-effective individuals, performing at all-levels within the group. Each individual officer – for their part of the mission – is the “key piece of the puzzle” that makes it all work. It is a responsibility of those holding formal leadership positions, to help everyone within their organization understand this core principle. In policing, leadership is an all-levels responsibility.
Building the Knowledge to Move Forward
This course builds upon our video below, “All Levels Responsibility,” from our ongoing Leadership Video Series.
Meeting the challenges currently faced by our law enforcement agencies will not he easy. Highly-effective organizations embrace an all-levels leadership approach. Elements of this course are interwoven into the two-hour and half-day seminar versions of our “Confronting a ‘Tragedy-Free Policing, Or Else’ Standard” course.
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