Leader Development

Adaptive Leadership By Charles “Sid” Heal and John R. Engbeck

This article is published in the current spring 2014 edition of the NTOA publication The Tactical Edge and republished here with permission of the author. It both an honor and a privilege to be able to post the article here on our site.

The problem

Adaptive Leader Program

Don Vandergriff and I have been talking about our new book, Adaptive Leadership Handbook: Innovative Ways to Teach and Develop Your People. We now have developed an Adaptive Leader Program, that is based on the book we think will greatly benefit your organization.

Crisis Meta-Leadership Lessons From the Boston Marathon Bombings Response: The Ingenuity of Swarm Intelligence

“Never tell your people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” ~ General George Patton

Outstanding piece! The Myth of Mission Command by Don Vandergriff

U.S. and NATO doctrine manuals are too thick and redundant. I recommended to the Army CSA General Casey in 2008 in an office call that they should be pocket book, handbook size around 30 pages, in big font, double spaced pages and mainly using short historical vignettes—good and bad—for examples. They should consist of principles. Under Mission Command let our people figure it out how to accomplish the principles based on a never ending evolution of Lessons Learned and experience. Inter mix them with good and bad historical lessons.

Discipline: The Lost Art of Leadership

In law enforcement we often wonder why the effectiveness of our organizations is less than we desire. We ponder all kinds of reasons, such as; budgets, time, the legal and liability effects. We label people as malcontents, nonconformists, or poor performers, or perhaps poor policies and procedures, rules and regulations and poor or inconsistent training. Failure to hold people accountable and a lack of discipline are also discussed at length.

Adaptive Leaders …Develop Strength of Character

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” -Abraham Lincoln

How About Some Empathy, Please?

I am currently reading Simon Sinek’s latest book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, a fantastic read by the way and one I highly recommend to police. I have read a lot of book on leadership and quite frankly Simon Sinek in my view understands people and what makes them tick, like no one else I have read.

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