While some individuals appear to be born leaders gifted by a combination of personality traits, physical characteristics, and a nurturing environment, real and effective leaders come from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. The Marine Corps is famous for having recruited, tested, developed, and deployed leaders for over 200 years with success in providing first line supervision from the shores of Tripoli to the tribal areas of rural Afghanistan from a diverse American public whose only common trait was their desire to serve a cause greater than themselves. Similarly, law enforcement leaders have risen from the ranks by being mentored by senior law enforcement leaders who helped them to find their voice and to express a vision of servant leadership that has made American law enforcement the most effective and democratic model of policing the world has ever known.
This course draws upon best practices of first line supervisors from various walks of life to prove that leadership excellence is attainable for today’s first responders in public service willing to challenge themselves to lead others from the front.
Upon Completion: Participants will be able to:
• Understand what true leadership resembles in a real-world environment
• Gauge their own strengths and weaknesses via the DISC personality assessment
• Appreciate others’ unique capabilities and growth areas
• Recognize how different generations prefer to be led in the workplace
• Use power appropriately in providing first-line supervision
• Assess their own roles in inspiring a shared vision within their units
• Recognize how paradigms have aided and thwarted change initiatives
• Learn that the concept of time management is fine as a starting point, but remains fluid in the ever-changing and unpredictable law enforcement world
• Develop a renewed commitment to ethical leadership of ourselves, our subordinates, the communities we serve, and our families