Stifling Creativity: How the Historical, Paramilitary Structure of Police Organization Harms Leadership Potential [open pdf - 570KB]
"The Strength of any organization comes from its ability to recognize and cultivate leaders that can move it in the direction needed to survive. Police agencies are no different from corporate entities in the need for competent, visionary leaders. What is different is the way that leaders in many law enforcement organizations are created. The command and control method of leadership as espoused in the paramilitary structure of most police agencies actually can work to curb the creative spirit of potential leaders. This stifling of creativity is causing a severe backlash in many organizations as they approach the new informational age of policing. After examining the history and creation of modern police agencies, it is easy to understand the primary need for the paramilitary structure. However in this ever-changing world the loss of true leaders in this venue may prove to be disastrous."
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