Ten Thoughts About Leadership

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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