Police Leadership

Leadership is considered one of the very imperative concepts in the effective management, as well as development of a successful organization. As such, the components of leadership, what it means as well as how effective leadership should be exercised has been a serious subject across distinct disciplines leading to several studies on the same. Leadership is considered probably the most crucial aspect of the human resource capital of any organization because of their ability to motivate others working around them to adopt best practices and diligence. A leader in any organization, whether in the top, middle or even low management and decision-making level, is naturally tasked with creating a sense of purpose among all his/her followers.

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The shift from a purely paramilitary management style that fully depends on the hierarchical command structure to a paradigm that exercises participation is a very important in boosting leadership in policing. Among the expected roles and qualities of police leaders and executives include ethical, good communicators, role models, decision-makers, critical and creative thinkers, legitimate and finally trustworthy. In this regard, the policy makers must make sure to integrate all this role and qualities especially during the training process in order to facilitate effective police leadership.

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