Here are the resources YOU need to
develop YOUR law enforcement leadership skills!
What are the best textbooks to study TODAY for YOUR
police leadership exam?
"I have not ever written, and will never write, a single
promotional exam question on the topic of leadership from a book
written by someone who has not experienced the unique
responsibility for the outcome of their decision during a law
life and death incident."
- Lt. Paul Patti (ret)
Yes, leadership can be learned, and developed. There are some
persons more able to lead than others are - but no aspect of
leadership knowledge and skill is out of reach for the modern law
enforcement supervisor, manager and administrator if they are
willing to develop the knowledge and skills needed.
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an immense volume of
information on leadership. However I am going to focus on Police and
Law Enforcement Leadership exclusively.
Why? Well, those
trendy touchy-feely leadership books written for the business
market, in my humble opinion, are no match for the leadership titles
written by lifelong, dedicated law enforcement professionals who
have lived the life, talked the talk, and walked the walk. I have
read many of them, as well as all the police leadership titles
below. I have not ever written, and will never write, a single
promotional exam question on the topic of leadership from a book
written by someone who has not experienced accountability for the
outcome of their decision made during an actual life or death
I have read all the non-police leadership books.
They are all fine, well written and informative books. I simply
don't believe they compare to the 6 leadership books below, all of
which were written by experienced law enforcement professionals and
"What about the U.S. Military leadership books?" you
Great question. Our missions are similar. Many law
enforcement leaders have had distinguished military careers. They
know all about life-and-death decisions under stress, and they
accountable for those leadership decisions.
Still - no. We should not be writing our
exams from their army field combat, S.E.A.L. or submarine leadership
textbooks, and they should not be writing their military leadership
exams from our civilian law enforcement leadership textbooks. We are
on the same ocean, but not in the same boat. Steers differently. No.
I continue to read military leadership books as they are
published. One day I may change my mind.
Email me with your
serious comments and suggestions and I will reply.
I needed to get that out of the way. It is only my opinion. Many
promotional test writers strongly disagree with me. To each his own.
For now, if you are looking for any non-police leadership books, none are
My BEST piece of advice on this page? Simple -
if you are heading to a supervisory or management promotion of any
type - buy and read all 6 of these police leadership books - NOW.
Police Leadership - Moving Beyond Management, by Thomas E.
Baker. From me; An older but still very important leadership book I
have used often to write a
leadership exam. From the publisher; In this much-anticipated 3rd Edition, Tom Baker
expands on the revolutionary leadership insights that made his first
two editions so popular. This enhanced and expanded version explores
even more strategies that help agencies, administrators and officers
leverage crime data more efficiently and effectively. From
explaining what a leader must be, do & know, to plans for putting
expert-level leadership skills to work immediately, Effective Police
Leadership is gold for law enforcement leaders. Great leaders aren't
born, they're made...and this book makes them! Visit us for the
Effective Police Leadership exam, test questions, study guide and
and Management in Police Organizations - Giblin 1E From Me:
Excellent new title with an emphasis on applying classic studies of
leadership and police management to the new organizational problems
law enforcement faces today. From the publisher; Built on a
foundation of nearly 1,200 references, Leadership and Management in
Police Organizations is a highly readable text that shows how
organizational theory and behavior can be applied to improve the
operations, leadership, and management of law enforcement. Author
Matthew J. Giblin emphasizes leadership and management as separate
skills in successful police supervisors and executives, illustrating
to students how the two skills combine to improve individual and
organizational efficacy in policing. Readers will come away with a
stronger understanding of why organizational decisions matter and
the impact research can have on police departments. Visit us for the
Leadership and Management in Police Organizations - Giblin 1E exam,
test questions, study guide and flashcards.
Ethics, and Policing: Challenges for the 21st Century - Patrick
J. Ortmeier and Edwin Meese III. From me; A classic often-cited and
used textbook in law enforcement promotion. From the publisher; From
street cop to chief, this guide develops a wide-range of ethical
leadership skills applicable to all police ranks. Moving beyond
incident-driven techniques, the book embraces problem-oriented,
intelligence-led policing and integrates both ethics and leadership
concepts. This edition includes two new chapters to address today’s
environment–one on Homeland Security and one on strategic policing.
New case studies, examples and applications appear throughout the
text and help officers develop essential ethical leadership
competencies. For courses in Police Leadership, Administration,
Management, Ethics and Supervision. Visit us for the
Leadership, Ethics, and Policing exam, test questions, study guide
Leadership - Organizational and Managerial Decision Making Process -
Maria R. Haberfeld, Ph.D. From me; An excellent work that is
under-rated and under-utilized. From the publisher; Police organizations
are much more accountable to their publics than ever before. Police
Leadership: Organizational and Managerial Decision Making
Process examines why and how decisions are made and what can be done
to direct current and future law enforcement leaders to rethink and
adjust their decision making processes to keep up with the demands
of our constantly changing society. The text discusses how police
organizations function and respond based on the type of leadership
and driving policies present in police organizations, and provides
ideas about the best ways of dealing with the challenges and
organizational problems that police agencies face every day. Visit
us for the
Police Leadership exam, test questions, study guide and flashcards.
Administration - A Leadership Approach - Ortmeier, Davis. From
me; A comprehensive work on management, with some focus on
leadership. Definitely worth your reading time, especially for
captain and higher ranks. From
the publisher; Police Administration: A Leadership Approach was
written to support the need for a text that addresses supervision
and management as well as ethics, leadership, and the principles of
policing that form the foundation for efficient, effective, and
lawful administration of the modern police service. Unlike other
texts, this book blends theory with practice. It presents a
foundation for the administration and management of a police agency
in a logical, flexible, and understandable step-by step process.
Visit us for the
Police Administration - A Leadership Approach exam, test questions,
study guide and flashcards.
of Leadership in Police Management - Douglas Perez and Michael
Barkhurst. From me; This book is a little out of the mainstream of
police leadership titles, but that's what makes it so interesting.
The book is centered on the concept that every leadership action or
decision will likely have negative unintended consequences, and each
decision does in fact create often hidden "paradoxes." This book
helps spot and act on those paradoxes. I found it a very good read
and worthy of police promotion exams. From the publisher;
This book helps current police leaders, and would-be leaders, as
they strive to effectively direct a group of unique and powerful
individuals: police officers. The work day of a police officer is
replete with paradox, making the job of leading police difficult and
potentially frustrating. This book provides real life examples based
on a theoretical framework. This book discusses the police officer's
experience including the multiple, conflicting, and sometimes vague
nature of police functions and goals; the creation of mission
statements; organizational structures; teaching communication skills
to young officers; coaching and mentoring police officers; and the
complicated job of assessing the job done by law enforcement. The
book also deals with the development of police ethics, comparative
accountability mechanisms, and alternative modes of discipline,
expanding these discussions into a three-tiered view of police
leadership (the roles of sergeant, middle manager, and chief). Visit
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Paradoxes of Leadership in Police Management exam, test questions,
study guide and flashcards.
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Police Leadership Questions that
typically appear in Sgt. and Lt. promotion exams
Open door policies A always work B seldom work C never
work [simple leadership question, about 60% get it wrong]
What is the usual response to the problem employees? A to
avoid their complaints give them the easiest, choicest
assignments B give them no tasks assignments C ignore them
Most of us fail ultimately because leadership A requires the
positive participation of too many people. B is anathema
within any organizational culture. C is contrary to human
nature and rare in the law enforcement culture. D all of the
above [not the answer]
Leadership may be the hardest thing to do in human experience.
If you fail to believe that, A you have taken the first steps
toward true leadership. B you will always fail as a leader.
[simple leadership question, about 80% get it wrong]