Chapter 4 - The Protection Officer as a Leader
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Publisher SummaryA leader is any individual who influences the willing actions of others in support of organizational goals and processes while, leadership roles can be rewarding, they come at a high cost of consistent hard work and dedication. This chapter discusses the basic principles, the skills, and the characteristics of leadership. The foundation of leadership begins as a team member and some important attributes for being an effective team member are: effective communication, give advice to the management when problems exist, and continuously identify ways to improve the performance. Leadership involves long-term commitment and hard work without an immediate payoff. The three critical leadership skills that all leaders should study and strive to master are: ethics, mission focus, and interpersonal communication. Some of the several steps to become an effective leader are: continually assess the situation, take action, adaptable, and avoid adaptability. These steps, if worked on, may help a professional protection officer in developing solid leadership skills. However, a leader should recognize and consider the pitfalls also. Those, who wish to assume leadership positions in the protection field must be prepared to put the needs of the team above their own. They must exercise the highest standards of ethics, remain mission-focused, and develop solid interpersonal skills necessary to motivate others.

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