LEADERSHIP: An Introduction.

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Well here we are. In the last series of blogs we covered Well Being. A subject in itself. But it is nothing to the subject of leadership!

This is an introduction so this blog will be brief, more an index to kick off the subject as a whole. As I have always said, these are my views, seen through the eyes of my own experience. There are far cleverer people than myself who can encapsulate leadership and I hope in the coming blogs for those people to add their own educated take on this most thorny of subjects.

Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task. For example, some understand a leader simply as somebody whom people follow, or as somebody who guides or directs others, while others define leadership as “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal”.

As with Well-being, I aim to explore the person and not the role. The responsibility of self as opposed to the responsibility of office. I started to type this sentence and corrected the start as I typed their responsibility. Straight away, unconsciously I had separated leaders from the coalface worker. This is perhaps the most common problem we face with leadership and indeed they face with us.

It is no longer a secret that the police service now exists on what I have heard to be described as discretionary effort. Workers not just doing enough but doing much more than they are being asked to do. Another word is goodwill.

These blogs are I suspect going to get a little tricky because as I explore leadership not only will I suggest leaders to question themselves but also the coal face workers under whom they are led.

I hope to explore leaders vs managers; their goals vs your goals; a culture that allows no growth; how can a command and control structure, essential to a disciplined service, serve your needs; when did you last see your boss, too busy or don’t care. The list has several more topics to discuss. So this is going to take some time.

As I said I hope to include some guest contributions, who are really pushing the boundaries of how we can change from where we are now to where we ultimately want and indeed need to be. Clearly EVERYONE needs to consider change.

Below is a video from Canada. A Police Chief, giving a press conference to the press. Everyone who has seen this video, has said to me, “I would work for this man.” Watch it and ask yourself why you may feel a loyalty to this Chief.

To give you a bit of context. Officer Manney approached a male sleeping rough in a national park. He roused the male who became violent and was ultimately shot dead. The chief sacked the Officer not because he killed the male but because he should have realized he was dealing with a deranged male and should have approached the situation differently. The Union of fire and police officers held a no confidence vote against the chief but there was a dispute against the voting turnout. On the other side, protesters against the killing voiced their concerns.

Ultimately, it came to a head in a meeting between the two groups. Whilst this meeting was going on the Chief took several calls on his phone and was accused of showing no interest in what was a fractious meeting. Now you know the whole story, this is what happened……… Oh by the way watch the reporters face drop.


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