Write a response to the following prompt:
- Describe at least three ways in which a leader can fail
and how those failures can be avoided.
- What are key leadership styles/traits/characteristics
needed to avoid failure as a leader?
Throughout my time in the military
and in law enforcement I have seen many bright and talented fail as
leaders. It is not because they lack knowledge in their job, but because
they become just another boss that likes to tell everyone what to do, instead
of leading their subordinates and treating individuals as members of the
A leader can fail by constantly micromanaging their
subordinates. The text describes two types of sergeants, Station house
sergeants “stood behind their officers,” whereas street sergeants “stood beside
their officers” (Peak, 2010). Most officers like to be left alone out in the
field and allowed to make their own decisions.
A leader, who delegates every task that he or she receives,
can be seen as a person who “accomplishes nothing while everyone else is
working hard.” There are those individual supervisors who like to “supervise”
when others are working hard. A Good supervisor leads by example.
A supervisor can also fail by being a control taker. These
people crave power; force is foremost, control is critical, and being correct
is imperative. They too often cannot delegate and do not allow their
subordinates to grow with the job. (Peak, 2010) A good way to avoid this is by
allowing your subordinates to share in some of the responsibility. This
helps them grow and feel like they are contributing to the team.
There is several key leadership
styles/traits/characteristics needed to avoid failure as a leader. A good
leader needs to lead by example, be transparent to their subordinates, and
accept responsibility in good or bad situations and always be willing to learn
and improve in your leadership skills.
Peak, Kenneth J., Larry K. Gaines and Ronald Glensor.
(20.10) Police Supervision and Management for Ashford University, 3rd
Edition. Pearson Learning Solutions. VitalBook file.
Marcos: Leaders fail for many reasons. A good point you made was leaders
fail because all they want to do is give orders. Leaders need to realize they
cannot build a organization on their own they need the help of other people. If
a leader has a persons respect they will be able to get that person to do what
they need to do to get the job done. It
is good to know the differences between station house sergeants and street
sergeants. House sergeants and street sergeants are thought of differently by
those whom they supervise (Peak,
Gaines & Glensor, 2010, p.74). A person who delegates can be seen as the person
who accomplishes nothing as you said. Reason
being they did not hand over responsibility
correctly. In the end, successful leaders love being leaders – not for
the sake of power but for the meaningful and purposeful impact they can create
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