CEO and Founder of Envisage Technologies
Ari is involved in building next-generation training systems, cloud-based learning, records management, automation of high-liability training operations, and pervasive readiness technologies. He is a committee member of the National Congress for Secure Communities and an advisory board member of IADLEST. He has consulted for Federal Agencies, Homeland Security, Public Safety, Military, and Law Enforcement on technology, security, legally defensible records, compliance, and training.
It's been said that ideas are a dime a dozen but the people who implement them are priceless. As a supervisor, you get to decide whether you're worth more than a dime.
Unfortunately, some front-line police leaders are succumbing to the negativity. A few simple reminders of the power and efficacy of leaders who direct with intentionality and resolve may offer some insight and a recalibrated plan for modern-day leaders.
In today's world there are supervisors who act to protect themselves from the fear of failing, the fear of confrontation, and the fear of dealing with their own mediocrity.
Supervisors often hear that they are to lead by example, but what does that really mean? You are the first person who has to obey in order to comply with the very things you demand of others.
Let's take a look at each paragraph individually and see how the Marine Corps' planning format might be used in planning a law enforcement operation or project.
You're kidding yourself if you think that you will ever have a fully trained and motivated command. You are a trainer, a coach, and if you care about the future, a mentor. In reality, each has its own role, specific purpose, and desired outcome.
A person with a bad attitude can be disruptive to the workplace, it's not something you want in your unit but before you face the issue head on, make sure you've documented their bad tendencies.
You often hear the word "leadership" used, but it has become so cliché that the real meaning has been all but lost. Many have pushed away the management side of the house and have ignored the fact that being an effective manager is a big part of a leader's job.
Every profession espouses the virtues of leadership. But what about followers, which are the flip side of the equation? You can't have good leadership without good followership.
You are a chief or sheriff. Get real and train with your officers. You should be one of the first enrolled in your defensive tactics and subject control training classes. Your attendance and participation will speak to all, and what it will say is this stuff is real and it's important.
Here is the conundrum: When bad things happen it appears Officer Nobody has failed again to do what needs to be done, and when things turn out good, Dep. Somebody is taking all the credit. Something needs to be done.
There is an old saying that says in order to receive, you must first give. Giving back to the community is critical if you want its help. The key to getting the community to help you revolves around your getting involved with the community.