Do you remember your first pursuit? Most police officers do. They can turn out really good or they can turn out really bad. As law enforcement leaders, we can use character-based praise to help minimize the potential disasters associated with high-speed police pursuits.
In this short clip from the Police Dynamics Video Training Series, I use the story of a Rookie’s Pursuit to illustrate just how important it is to praise the character that produced the achievement rather than the achievement itself.
In this illustration, the Rookie exercised the character quality of self-control:
rejecting wrong desires and doing what is right.
His self-control is what kept his own emotions in-check and maintained his composure so he could make good decisions under pressure.