The Leadership Theory And Practice

1170 WordsJul 23, 20155 Pages
Leadership Theory and Practice Review of Subject Throughout the history of law enforcement, leaders have used many different styles to lead employees. From the early styles of Autocratic and Laissez-Faire to Participative (democratic), Transactional and Transformational leadership. Leadership within policing has evolved over the years in some organizations to a more participative style and yet there are still leaders who cling to an antiquated domineering style. Nothing is further from the truth than the events in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson unrest (also referred to just as Ferguson) was a series of protests and civil disorder that began the day after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. The purpose of this paper identified trait theories, leadership theories and characteristics that have molded or are molding the policing culture. Change must occur if the culture of police organizations are going to meet the demands of the 21st century and several issues affecting this change were discussed. A review of the leadership theories and various styles of leadership was seen as being the styles that a leader in the 21st century would want to use to meet the needs of their employees and motivate them toward success and self-actualization. Discussion Leadership is the ability to support and inspire the people who are needed to achieve organizational goals. Leading is a major part of a manager 's
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