Polish the Tarnished Badge – Part 4: Model the Standard

The Dynamic of Authority is the essential teaching to understanding the Police Dynamics training series and principles of character-based leadership. Here, I use it as a teaching paradigm to communicate how to model a standard of good character. If the leadership of an organization is not modeling good character as well as encouraging it, the whole process breaks down.

Understanding what the badge actually represents and the proper relationship between a police officer and his or her authorities is perhaps the most important teaching for law enforcement personnel and their leaders to grasp.

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One thought on “Polish the Tarnished Badge – Part 4: Model the Standard

  1. I cannot agree more with: ” If the leadership of an organization is not modeling good character as well as encouraging it, the whole process breaks down.”

    This is, in my opinion, exactly what is happening to society as a whole. The ‘role models’ or ‘heros’ our children and young people look to are not heros. Movie stars, sports figures and the like are not heros. Our heros are those who put their lives on the line every day: Law Enforcement and Military as well as doctors, nurses, teachers and those who volunteer to help anyone in need whether it be physically helping or setting up fundraising for causes which need our help.

    I am so dismayed when I hear a young person say their ‘hero’ is a movie star, or a sports figure. These people are not heros. They are making high salaries for entertainment. Our Law Enforcement officers, military, nurses, doctors, and those working in charitable fields (all choosing to do something to help others) are the REAL HEROS in our society.

    When we let leadership in any field become unaccountable, not modeling proper or good character, our society is going to break down. It is important to keep those who lead or those in position of influence accountable for their actions or how others perceive them. Setting examples in today’s society isn’t an easy thing to do, but it is becoming more evident that we need good and responsible character role models in society.

    Thank you for all your work in establishing and maintaining a standard for Law Enforcement to be ‘above the fray’. Our society would benefit if more of our ‘sports figures’ and those in the entertainment also held to such standards of morality, committment, honesty, positive and strong character. Sad to say, most do not.

    Thank you for your hard work, dedication and efforts to change the character of our Law Enforcement officers so they may set the standard by which others are measured.

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