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NCJ Number: 63263 Find in a Library
Title: SUCCESSFUL LEADER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT - WHAT WORKS
Journal: LAE (LAMBDA ALPHA EPSILON) JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE ASSOCIATION  Volume:42  Issue:NOS 1 AND 2  Dated:(WINTER/ SPRING 1979)  Pages:71-77
Author(s): E GLOGOW
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: American Criminal Justice Association
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: LEADERSHIP QUALITIES FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ARE ANALYZED, NOTING THE NEED FOR POLICE HUMAN RELATIONS TRAINING.
Abstract: ONLY ONE PRIOR STUDY HAS DEALT SPECIFICALLY WITH DESIRABLE MANAGEMENT TRAITS OF POLICE OFFICALS, RATING INTEGRITY, HONESTY AND JUDGMENT AS MOST IMPORTANT. THIS STUDY IS BASED ON AN EXERCISE IN A MANAGEMENT TRAINING SEMINAR FOR SHERIFFS. THE 22 PARTICIPATING SHERIFFS WERE INSTRUCTED TO IMAGINE THEIR 'BEST BOSS' AND THEIR 'WORST BOSS', AND TO GENERATE A SERIES OF WORDS AND SHORT PHASES TO DESCRIBE EACH. A TOTAL OF 545 SEPARATE WORDS OR PHRASES WERE GENERATED; 56 PERCENT DESCRIBED THE BEST AND 44 PERCENT THE WORST ADMINISTRATOR. THESE DESCRIPTIONS WERE DICHOTOMIZED INTO TWO CATEGORIES: TASK COMPLETION (I.E., 'A GOOD ORGANIZER') AND PEOPLE ORIENTATION (I.E., 'WON'T LIE'). THE FINDINGS SHOWED THAT SHERIFFS PERCEIVE A GOOD BOSS AS SOMEONE WHO HAS A MIX OF GOOD PEOPLE AND GOOD TASK-ORIENTED CHARACTERISTICS. WHEN DESCRIBING THE WORST BOSS, ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY NEGATIVE PEOPLE-RELATED TERMS WERE USED. THESE RESULTS HAVE IMPLICATIONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER TRAINING INSTITUTIONS IN THAT THEIR CURRICULA MUST INCLUDE METHODS TO CONTINUOUSLY SENSITIZE LAW ENFORCEMENT EXECUTIVES TO THE EMOTIONAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL NEEDS OF THEIR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR CONSTITUENCIES. TABULAR DATA AND REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Behavior; Leadership; Management and administrative education; Personality assessment; Police education; Police management; Role perception; Sheriffs
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