The prevailing approach to organizational management has been understood as a vertical, top-down, hierarchal, authoritarian philosophy. Managers have been expected to control subordinates—in the office, the factory, shop, or government agency—autocratically giving orders and demanding obedience. Subordinates are expected to comply, if only out of fear of reprisal, without question. Leadership asserts authority and control, … Continue reading Servant Leadership in a Servant’s Profession: Guidelines for Today’s Criminal Justice Leaders
Ronald Reagan kept a plaque on his desk in the Oval Office that read, “There is no limit to what a man may do if he does not mind who gets the credit.” What this revealed about Reagan, and a revelation that should be applied by all in leadership, is that he valued the people … Continue reading Want a Strong Organization? Develop People!
There is an old adage that says, “Great leaders are born, not made.” While this may be a famous saying, in a cursory survey of the adage on Google, I found almost universally that no one with any experience in training leaders believes it. It is apparent that Jesus—messiah, servant, prophet, and sage from Nazareth—did … Continue reading Law Enforcement Leadership: Lessons from Jesus
Quiet Commitment David’s example of leadership is found exemplified in Luke 6:10a, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much….” David’s ascent from shepherd to king of Israel begins with him caring for the least of creatures to caring for God’s chosen people. His rise to leadership was gradual … Continue reading Want to Manage Well? Mind the Small Things
Leadership expert John Maxwell once defined integrity as the “state of being complete, unified…” Though I agree, I think we can go even further in defining it. A much stronger definition of integrity, I believe, is given in the The American Heritage Dictionary. It defines integrity as “steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical … Continue reading Want to Lead with Integrity? Set an Absolute Course!