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Know How to Avoid Teamwork Pitfalls

Teamwork, especially among law enforcement officers, is a crucial aspect of the job. However, the effectiveness of teams is largely dependent on leadership’s commitment to teamwork and the willingness of individuals to be strong team members. AMU criminal justice professor Michelle Beshears writes about the five distinct dysfunctions that police leaders need to be aware of that could threaten effective teams within their agencies.

Correctional Officers Are Killing Themselves

The suicide rate among correctional officers is significantly higher than other occupations and twice as high as police officers. Yet, the topic of suicide and the stressors contributing to suicide are rarely discussed. AMU professor Michael Pittaro recently presented to correctional representatives from 14 southern states about suicide awareness and the need for a change in leadership style.

General McChrystal on the Art of Leadership Against Today’s Enemy

AMU professor Lawrence Dietz recently attended a talk by General Stanley McChrystal who discussed the challenges of leading large, diverse groups. Learn more about how McChrystal's leadership style evolved during his military service and how he learned to treat teams as if they are individuals so that teams can effectively interact with other teams just as individuals interact with each other to provide reinforcement, support, and assistance.

During his talk, McChrystal also described the challenges of facing a new kind of enemy that was not organized in the traditional hierarchical way, but rather composed of a loose network enabled by real-time communications using mobile phones and the Internet.

Improve Your Facility by Changing Your Leadership Style

One might assume the greatest sources of stress for corrections officers are the threat of physical violence and hardships from working in an understaffed environment, right? As it turns out, those things are not causing officers the most stress. Instead, it is issues with prison administration and inconsistent leadership practices. AMU professor Michael Pittaro writes how prison administrators need to move away from punitive and authoritative styles of leadership and adopt a transformational leadership approach. Read how this style of leadership could help boost morale, improve job satisfaction, and even improve workplace safety.