To summarise, CC Cunningham asked more than 200 personnel at Staffs Police what they thought were the key leadership issues for the future. This helped him identify four priorities:
- Ensure lines of communication with staff and officers are open
- Welcome challenge and understand how the service can respond
- Develop early intervention strategies, spotting problems as they emerge
- Spend time discovering the fears and concerns of staff and officers: a step change in staff/officer engagement
I like this. I always like lists of priorities when they number under ten and I like lists of four even more! And I think these four are useful.
What do you think should be the leadership priorities for police (and other public service) leaders in 2014?
UPDATE 031213|2312: Thanks to Suzanne Thompson @Suzze05 for these five priorities
- Open & transparent leadership - visible & approachable
- Be intuitive & responsive to the 'informal work culture'
- Be open to genuine innovation & collaboration opportunities to improve practice & add value.
- Welcome positive change but do not be afraid to openly challenge change based solely on ideology & not evidence based.
- Listen..no really, really listen, not just pay lip service & go through the motions as staff know the difference
- Listen to what the public want.
- Do something about it - not just do what's easy or what interests your organisation.
- Tell them what you've done.
- Do this without arrogance, fear or favour and without thought of reward.
- You can boil this down to "Do Good"
UPDATE 121213|2108: Thanks to Sukhvinder Stubbs @Sukhvinder2011 for this observation