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Leadership and Command Learning Objectives

Module 1 – Psychology of Leadership

  • Apply the concepts of anchoring and adjustment to supervision.
  • Identify behavioral changes that may occur when stress is introduced to the decision-making process.
  • Identify causal factors relating to stress in the work environment.
  • Relate various heuristics to the application of leadership principles.
  • Relate concepts of automatic and controlled behaviors.

Module 2 – Leadership and Command, a Comparison

  • Define the meaning of leadership and command.
  • Compare and contrast behavioral traits between leaders and commanders.
  • Develop strategies to blend traits of leaders and commanders.
  • Evaluate the importance of each of the traits described in the module and relate them to positions in your current agency.

Module 3 – Operational Planning

  • Develop goals and objectives for an operational plan.
  • Identify the steps in operational planning.
  • Utilize Gantt charts as planning and operational tools.
  • Develop key points when constructing policies relating to operational planning.

Module 4 – Communications

  • Recognize the various communications platforms utilized by law enforcement leaders.
  • Identify the basics of the communication process.
  • Recognize the various barriers to effective communication.
  • Through sample exercises, construct a memo related to each of the four types of memos.
  • Identify the positive and negative aspects of email as a communication tool.

Module 5 – Problem-Solving

  • Identify the manager’s role in problem solving.
  • Create a mental checklist for problem-solving.
  • Create an organized format to identify problems and their underlying causes.
  • Recognize why problem-solving initiatives fail.
  • Through classroom activities, develop problem-solving methodologies.

Module 6 – Delegation

  • Identify the importance of delegation.
  • Recognize when and why you should delegate.
  • Recognize common barriers to delegation.
  • Consider what types of tasks are best to pass on to others.
  • Consider the accountability factors in delegating tasks.
  • Develop situational comprehension to evaluate impact of decisions on the department and public perception.
  • Assign priorities when dealing with multiple tasks.
  • Recognize the need to delegate to other personnel when applicable.

Module 7 – In-Basket Activities

  • Develop situational comprehension to evaluate impact of decisions on the department and public perception.
  • Assign priorities when dealing with multiple tasks.
  • Recognize the need to delegate to other personnel when applicable.

Module 8 – Managing Organizational Change

  • Identify internal and external environments that require change.
  • Develop a systematic way of asking questions to determine the need for change.
  • Analyze how change affects the internal and external dynamics of a police department.
  • Develop lists of reasons why change fails.
  • Through example scenarios, develop strategies to address various changes that may be required in police agencies.

Module 9 – Dealing with Organizational Diversity

  • Identify generational cultures within law enforcement agencies.
  • Compare and contrast differences and similarities between the cultures.
  • Identify characteristics of Generation Y (Millennials).
  • Create motivational strategies for Millennials.
  • Create action plans to bring diverse generations together to support the mission of the agency.

Module 10 – Performance Evaluations

  • List the common problems relating to performance evaluations.
  • Identify common rating characteristics and how they may affect performance and morale.
  • Associate common rating errors to current evaluations.
  • Create ideas on how to rethink the way evaluations are completed and managed.
  • Compare and contrast various ways to create a performance development plan in association with evaluations.

Module 11 – Strategic Planning

  • Identify the purpose of strategic planning.
  • Develop vision and mission statements for a law enforcement unit.
  • Utilize the key steps of the strategic planning process.
  • Formulate a S.W.O.T. analysis for a unit within a law enforcement agency.
  • Determine timelines of a strategic plan.

Module 12 – Shared Leadership

  • Differentiate between top-down and shared leadership concepts.
  • Acquire the key steps of shared leadership.
  • Gain working knowledge of suggestion, job, and high involvement.
  • Learn how to break down barriers to shared leadership.
  • Evaluate how shared leadership may apply to your agency.

Module 13 – Summary Exercise

  • Create a training presentation relating to one topic area covered in the course.
  • Develop training and presentation skills.
  • Experience collaboration between peers and explore the sharing of ideas.