Leaders Inspire You, Managers Don’t

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Over the years the line between leaders and managers has become blurred, yet it really shouldn’t be. Leadership is more than a title. Managers don’t have the enthusiasm for a vision. Rather than their desire to achieve a goal influencing everything they do, a manager will generally meet your gaze with a quizzical look as if to say, “How can … Read More

Seven Strategies for Successful Leadership

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As a leader, the pressure is on. To be successful, you need to adopt strategies that will sustain you through the inevitable times of challenge. Self-talk This is perhaps one of the aspects of leadership I’m most reluctant to share, but I’m constantly validating myself every day. If you don’t validate yourself, who will? Every day I thank my Creator … Read More

Setting Yourself Up for Leadership

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Everyone has the potential to be a leader, but for most people it doesn’t happen. To be a leader, you have to emerge from your comfort zone and manage people. From there, your leadership role will evolve. Someone’s always watching you: Let’s take a look again at the Baltimore Police Department as an example. When I became a sergeant, I … Read More

Work On Yourself – Six Steps to Leadership

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To succeed at anything in life you must constantly work on yourself. To succeed as a leader, this can be broken down into six basic steps. Develop competencies: Once you understand your vision, you must develop a skill set; you must develop competencies and become outstanding at what you want to do. As a sergeant, I had to develop those … Read More

Leadership Isn’t Easy

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Let’s get one thing straight before we begin this chapter. Leadership isn’t easy. Yes, there’s a plethora of information out there on leadership. Endless books have been written on the traits of great leaders and how to become one, but there’s a problem. Most people writing about leadership haven’t experienced life as a leader themselves. To understand what it takes … Read More

Objectivity versus Subjectivity

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Once you have all of the information you need in relation to the agitation, the next step is to create strategies to discover the cause. In this case, it’s vital to look with objectivity, rather than subjectivity The biggest obstacle we encountered in the Baltimore Police Department was the subjectivity of the whole process. In all cases, the final outcome … Read More

The Power of Agitation – Understand It

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When people hear the word ‘agitation,’ they tend to focus on its negative connotations. When I say agitation, I’m referring to the second of those definitions you see at the opening of this chapter – ‘the stirring up of public interest in a matter of controversy, such as a political or social issue’. I’m talking about getting a win for … Read More

Should You Stay Or Go?

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“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, butpeople will never forget how you made them feel.”

Some of you may be caught up in a similar situation in your life right now and pondering the decision to stay or leave. For me the evaluation process looks like this: Is the environment you are in a healthy one? For me, it was easy. The environment was detrimental to my health, but the important thing to note here … Read More

Understanding Your Options: The Four Steps

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Everyone has options, without exception: Your choice may be limited to doing something or not doing something, but it’s still an option. A left or right turn is an option! People who believe they have no options automatically assume victim status. Weighing your options: Exploring your options means considering every aspect of your life that will be affected by this … Read More