Once More, Once Again — On Leadership

What’s missing in American policing is the development of leaders — not managers — men and women who understand the difference between the “self-givingness” of a leader versus the “all about me” of a manager/supervisor.

Leaders care for other people and not only for those with whom they work, but also those whom they serve — those who receive the “services” they and their employees deliver.

That’s what makes a police leader unique — it means serving those within and outside the organization. Robert Greenleaf called it “Servant Leadership.” And it works!

Leaders deeply listen to others, are committed to their growth, and creatively help them adjust to future challenges to their organization. A leader looks out for those whom they are privileged to lead.

Leaders cast light, not darkness.

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