Over the years, the style and practice of leadership within law enforcement agencies has gradually changed. In the past, leadership was primarily relegated to one individual within the department. However, there has been a transformation in leadership theory resulting in a more dynamic, multifaceted nature of teamwork, inclusion, and dispersed leadership. More and more, police chiefs are being encouraged to move toward a more participatory leadership style of management, one that encourages collaboration and cooperation in the decision-making process.
Based on your readings in the text and credible Internet research, respond to the following:
- What does the term shared leadership mean? What advantages or disadvantages do you see in this leadership approach?
- What direction should law enforcement leaders take for the future, related to leadership styles?
- What does the term visionary leadership mean?