Different Styles And Approaches Supervisors May Demonstrate

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There are many different styles and approaches supervisors may demonstrate. Each style has unique qualities and characteristics that set them apart from the others. When a supervisor begins moving up through the ranks they can change, sometimes for the better and sometimes not. I have worked for some excellent supervisors and some that are not so excellent. Whether a supervisor practices the contingency theory or they are behavior based in their actions, a great supervisor in law enforcement comes down to two things, having your subordinates back and being trustworthy.
Lieutenant Mannion
During my career with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, I had the honor of being assigned twice to the Executive Protection Unit (EPU), Governor’s Residence Detail for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. During my second assignment at the Governor’s Residence there was an election and a change in Governor’s. Governor Ted Strickland took officer and with the change came a new supervisor. Lieutenant Joe Mannion had been assigned to protect Governor Strickland throughout the campaign and after Strickland won the election made the move to Columbus. I had known Mannion for many years prior to working for him and had always liked him, but after he was promoted to Lieutenant he changed.
Fred Fiedler’s Contingency Model is a prime example of why Lieutenant Mannion was such an unsuccessful leader. The level of trust and likeability was reduced to nothing.

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