Young Command Mistakes

Leadership is hard work, but the most rewarding if done correctly. Learn from other’s mistakes and successes. Be a mentor and not a monster.


Feedback is the breakfast of champions. Solicit feedback from your staff on how you can improve overall performance and always include tactics and safety! It is difficult to get troops to open up to the new leader, it often takes time. Spend some time with them in conversation, buy the coffee. Listen to what they need in a leader, not what they want. My old command sergeant major once told me supervision is 10% telling and 90% checking. Check on their progress, what is needed to complete the mission and how to learn from it effectively so that this call serves as the learning experience for the next one. Leadership is hard work, but the most rewarding if done correctly. Learn from other’s mistakes and successes. Be a mentor and not a monster. Go out and help make your officers successful today!

 

About The Author:

William L. "Bill" Harvey is a native Virginian. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. He has a BA in criminology from St. Leo University and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute of the University of Louisville (103rd AOC). Harvey served for over 23 years with the Savannah (GA) Police Department. He served in field operations, investigations and support services, and completed his career there as the director of training. He has published several articles in professional periodicals and has lectured nationwide. He is serving as a chief of police in central Pennsylvania area; a duty he’s performed for the past nine years. He is on the advisory board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and other professional associations.

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