The Twelve Principles of Leadership: Principle Nine

During a twelve-day period of time, I will be posting daily one of the Twelve Principles of Quality Leadership followed by some questions you, as a leader, may wish to ask yourself.

Hopefully the description and inquiry will cause you to think about how you lead and what you may need to do to improve your leadership.

 And don’t forget to post some commentary. It can be a learning process for us all.

Welcome aboard!

 THE TWELVE PRINCIPLES OF QUALITY LEADERSHIP

Systems, Leadership, and Teams

QUESTIONS FOR LEADERS

TEAMS

Principle 9.  BELIEVE IN, FOSTER AND SUPPORT TEAMWORK.

Teamwork is working together.  Working to solve crimes and conduct investigations as well as resolve problems which arise at work or in the community.  It is helping each other, being one team.  It is taking pride in our collective achievements.  It is belief in the ability of the group over anyone’s individual effort — that is called synergy.  We should try to do our work with teams whenever possible.

QUESTIONS

a. In what situations have you used teamwork in your organization?

b. What are some situations you haven’t used teamwork and should have?

c. What is it that prevents you from working in teams more often?

d. How can you overcome those barriers?

[From The New Quality Leadership Workbook, by Couper and Lobitz. To be published this year.]

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I served over 20 years as the chief of police in Madison (WI), four years as chief of the Burnsville (MN) Police Department, and before that as a police officer in Edina (MN) and the City of Minneapolis. I hold graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Edgewood College in Madison. I have written many articles over my years as a police leader calling for police improvement (for example, How To Rate Your Local Police, and with my wife, Sabine, Quality Policing: The Madison Experience). After retiring from the police department, I answered a call to ministry, attended seminary, and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. At the present time, I serve a small church in North Lake (WI), east of Madison. Sabine and I have nine adult children, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also a retired police officer and we both continue active lives.

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