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Operational Mid-Level Management for Police 4th Edition

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John L. Coleman
Date Published
468 pages
In continuing its focus on the operational behavior of mid-level secondary police leaders who are responsible for the performance of line workers, this fourth edition adds to the content of the third edition by addressing aspects of foundational leadership standards and standardization.
The first of 18 chapters presents an overview of the features of police mid-level leadership, followed by a chapter on the basic skills, dynamics, and styles of such leadership. The remaining chapters address responsibilities, skills, and techniques of police mid-level managers. Among the topics considered are analytical skills; leadership standards and standardization; decisionmaking; job performance controls; personnel management; logical inferences; goal-oriented job leadership; communication; and projecting an effective leadership personality. Other chapters are concerned with organizational issues and job responsibilities. These chapters consider the dynamics of a secondary leader's role in the organization; development of a leadership vision that enhances performance effectiveness; development of a strategy for personnel deployment; planning and organization; and subordinates' appraisal process. The final two chapters address overall performance effectiveness (application of dimensional trait characteristics) and projecting an effective leadership personality. Most chapters conclude with a summary of their content. 98 references, a 26-item bibliography, and a subject index