The Best Leadership Books For Law Enforcement

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This article showcases our top picks for the Leadership Books For Law Enforcement. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Bringing Up the Boss by Rachel Pacheco

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I believe I enjoyed it so thoroughly because of the fact it was targeted at myself, or at least people like myself who have come from other fields and were due to one factor or another given leadership positions in their respective fields. The book also starts from scratch and has a nice tempo and message to it.

Relationship Leadership by Eddie Mac

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Are you responsible for the Development and Trajectory of your organization’s next generation of Leadership? As Millennials become our next generation of leaders (happening now), the question is simple. Do they have the tools in their Leadership toolbox to successfully take the First Step of Leadership? Considering this dilemma, Relationship Leadership: How New Leaders Harness the Power of Leading with Strong Relationships! was written. Relationship Leadership is a non-academic, culturally aware, diverse, and non-industry specific tool that delivers the skills for every newly promoted leader to become successful. It’s called Setting the Cornerstone and solves the problem of where to start and how to become a successful leader in today’s multifaceted workforce. There are two main characters, Tony & Chad. Tony is the one that uses Relationship Leadership principles daily, and because of this, everyone likes Tony and wants to work with him. Chad goes his own way, and is a disaster without Relationship Leadership principles. Tony is a person of color, the company CEO is female, and a same-sex wedding is featured in Chapter 11 (Titled: Work Family Warrior). Additionally, most every nationality/culture is represented through the various names of more than 60 characters. Relationship Leadership was born from the author’s 20 year law enforcement career. It is a direct reflection of the boots on the ground principles he learned and employed throughout his career. Relationship Leadership is truly the simplest and most powerful Leadership book ever written.

Leadership for the Twenty-First Century by Joseph C. Rost

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This illuminating study critiques the concept of leadership as understood in the last 75 years and looks to the 21st century for a reconstructed understanding of leadership in the post-industrial era. The book concludes with actionable leadership suggestions. I think Rost clearly saw the distinction between leaders and managers. He analyzed and researched a wide variety of styles and methods of leadership and placed them where they belonged. Truly a must-read for everyone in leadership positions within law enforcement.

The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker

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In this book, Gavin de Becker explains how your brain absorbs dangers and how they either remain or leave. You don’t need to know why there’s a threat; you only need to realize it’s hazardous and act. It shows how the analytical side of your brain is too sluggish, so you may be in danger before you notice it. The author takes the reader through various cases where the victim’s life is saved by trusting their instincts and then breaks them down so you can understand what the warning flags were.

The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes

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The best leadership book for law enforcement is The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner. This book is full of useful information on how to be an effective leader, and it is written specifically for law enforcement professionals. It includes chapters on setting the example, inspiring others, building trust, and leading change.

Rising Through the Ranks

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Every police officer hopes to be promoted, recognised and appreciated by their fellow officers or the community. Mike Wynn delves into the ethics and morals of law enforcers that define the quality of their work and its impact on stakeholders. He is cautious about the psychological behaviours exuded by officers and how guns, communication, handcuffs and investigative skills contribute to the rising star of any officer. There is much to learn and explore in the police department, and this book not only focuses on the law enforcement bit but also discusses managerial theories and approaches which improve operations and relationships in the police department. It is an ideal copy for any law enforcer.

Law Enforcement Ethics by Brian Douglas Fitch

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The police departments have become subject to cases of violence, extra-judicial killings, discrimination and misinformation on the public. Morals and values are wanting, and this book analyses contemporary society through the lens of an ethical police officer. It looks at the law enforcement crisis and what is often portrayed in the media, which influences the ethical approaches devised by law enforcers. Additionally, the book advises on the post-traumatic disorders in misconduct and off-duty misconduct, which have often put law enforcers in the light in relation to their engagement with the public. This book not only gives leadership nuggets but also prepares one for a law enforcement career with opportunities for growth and valuable public relations.

The Peacemaker’s Guide To Law Enforcement Leadership by C M Dominguez

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Designed to deliver a daily leadership mantra in easy-to-follow, digest, and learn daily instalments, Dominguez’s authoritative work makes the principles and ideology of leadership in law enforcement simple, by breaking them down into bite-sized chunks. It was, is, and always will be the definitive book on the subject, and it’s the tome that law enforcement officers swear, and abide by.

Authentic Leadership by Bill George

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Effective police leadership usually requires authenticity, integrity and a deep commitment to doing the right thing in any situation. In this respect, Authentic Leadership by Bill George provides readers with a tested guide for character-based leaders by recognizing the importance of their service to society. This is especially important considering the amount of public scrutiny and criticism that many law enforcement agencies are having to face from all corners of society. And while the book has been put together from a corporate context, the lessons it relays are just as applicable to the public service sector by reminding readers that authenticity in leadership cannot ever be faked.

The Mission, the Men, and Me by Pete Blaber

This product was recommended by Nathan Hughes from Art Ignition

The Mission, the Men, and Me, by Pete Blaber is one of the best books if you want to learn about significant military and political events and also enhance your leadership skills. This book is available on Amazon. Even though this book is all about military and politics, it will still give you important tips and ideas to enhance your personality and leadership. It is a non-fiction book, and you will come across many facts about the real world written by Pete. I’ve read this book, and I’ve found this super beneficial for me. You should go for it, too.

Evaluating Police Uses of Force by Seth W. Stoughton

This product was recommended by Seth Stoughton from University of South Carolina School of Law

In Evaluating Police Uses of Force, legal scholar Seth W. Stoughton, former deputy chief of police Jeffrey J. Noble, and distinguished criminologist Geoffrey P. Alpert explore a critical but largely overlooked facet of the difficult and controversial issues of police violence and accountability: how does society evaluate individual use-of-force incidents? By leading readers through four different answers to this question — constitutional law, state law, administrative regulation, and community expectations — and by providing critical information about police tactics and force options that are implicated within those frameworks, Evaluating Police Uses of Force helps situate readers within broader conversations about governmental accountability, the role that police play in modern society, and how officers should go about fulfilling their duties.

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