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LAWE 2320 - Police Leadership, Management, & Supervision

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly LAWE 2914)

This course will provide students with basic knowledge of the theory and practice of effective leadership as it relates to law enforcement. Topics include distinguishing between management and leadership; personal traits, characteristics, and behaviors of effective leaders; and factors that influence interaction between various levels of police officers. Students will also assess their personal leadership skills.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of effective leadership in a law enforcement setting in both theory and practice.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Explain why police leadership has been defined in so many ways.
  2. Identify what leadership aspects have been studied and practiced during the past 50 years.
  3. Assess the various skills required for effective leadership in law enforcement.
  4. Translate the various definitions, traits, and characteristics of leadership and management into a coherent and synthesized taxonomy.
  5. Assemble and analyze the roles of influence, motivation, and power relationships as they relate to leadership in law enforcement.
  6. Articulate how leadership can be described as an individual, dyadic, group, or organizational process.
  7. Define in which situations participative leadership is most likely to be effective.
  8. Recognize why task, relations, and change-oriented behaviors are important for leadership effectiveness in law enforcement.
  9. Discuss the potential benefits and risks of delegation as it relates to law enforcement.
  10. Demonstrate the psychological processes that explain how leaders influence people and the law enforcement community.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to recognize their own personal leadership skills and abilities.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Recognize and identify leadership self-assessment instruments.
  2. Participate in police leadership skill-building exercises.
  3. Describe follower perception and evaluation of a leader
  4. Explain how leader behavior is influenced by skills and experience of the subordinate.
  5. Recognize different types of influence tactics used in police organizations
  6. State what followers can do to have a more dyadic relationship with their leader.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to discuss police officer subordinate contributions to effective interaction with upper management.

Objectives: The student will:

  1. Define police leadership and explain how it differs from police management.
  2. Describe the different roles for managers and how they are changing in law enforcement.
  3. Recognize the various types and styles of police leaders and managers.
  4. State how managerial roles and activities are affected by aspects of the situation.
  5. Describe the importance of external activities and networking for law enforcement managers.
  6. Identify appropriate ways to manage performance deficiencies.
  7. Recognize conflict management styles.
  8. Recognize how position and personal attributes can be a source of power for the law enforcement leader.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES

Session and Topic:

  1. History and Definitions of Leadership Versus Management
    1. Heredity and environmental factors
    2. Partnerships
    3. Relationships
    4. Student leadership self-assessment quiz
    5. Skill development of leaders
  2. Leadership Motives
    1. Power
    2. Achievement
    3. Goal oriented
    4. Strong work ethic
  3. Cognitive Factors
    1. General intelligence
    2. Knowledge of business or area of expertise
    3. Creativity
    4. Insight into people and situations
    5. Farsightedness and conceptual thinking
  4. Types of Leaders
    1. Charismatic
    2. Transformational
    3. Situational
    4. Autocratic
    5. Participative
  5. Power, Politics, and Leadership
    1. Positional power
    2. Personal power
    3. Pyramid shaped organizational structure
    4. External influences
    5. Ethical and unethical political practices
  6. Delegation
    1. Definition
    2. Purpose
    3. Responsibility
    4. Empowerment
  7. Motivation and Coaching Skills
    1. Approaches to motivation
    2. Expectancy theory
    3. Goal theory
    4. Improved performance
    5. Discipline
  8. Communications and Conflict Resolution
    1. Persuasion b. Verbal
    2. Nonverbal
    3. Cross-cultural skills
    4. Domination
    5. Neglect
    6. Integration
    7. Accommodative
  9. Cultural Diversity Aspects of Leadership
    1. Values
    2. Intelligence
    3. Diversity training
    4. Multicultural organizations
    5. Recruitment, retention, and mentoring

Primary Faculty
Bowlin, Samantha
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Lopez, Michael
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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