Another moving insight not just into policing but of a human being for other human beings.
I’ve been a police officer for 24 years. I’ve been a human being for 46.
I’ve seen and experienced plenty of brilliant leadership in that time. I’ve also seen and experienced the alternatives.
Here’s what I’ve learned so far.
I. It’s people stupid
Right there. That’s the whole ball game.
Leaders who don’t care about people aren’t leaders at all. They might be bad managers, but that’s really not the same thing.
People are precious and rare and extraordinary and brilliant and brave and creative and resourceful and kind. They are also thinking, breathing, feeling, bleeding, sometimes flawed souls who, every now and then, need a helping hand.
Great leaders understand these things. They understand people.
II. Every contact leaves a trace
Edmond Locard was a French Forensic Scientist, born in the 19th Century, who gave his name to a law that remains fundamental to the…
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Yesterday, I sat down and had a conversation with another Met PC who is thinking about moving on. He’s got seven years’ service and loads to offer, but he had tears in is eyes as he told me he’d reached the conclusion that his future lies elsewhere.
Not that long ago, I had similar but separate conversations with two other PCs – excellent officers from different Met Boroughs – who were leaving the Job long before their time. There was nothing I could do to change their minds.
And we need to read the signs.
I still think this is the best job in the world – and unequivocally one of the most important – but I also recognise that, in the view of many officers, all is not well with policing at the moment.
It’s not that they have stopped caring (completely the opposite in fact), it’s just that…
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