Leadership is a word that carries so much weight – power, influence, responsibility, and wisdom are just a few words that are associated with it. While some may be hesitant to assume a leadership position knowing what it comes with, some are keen to be leaders, and there are those who just somehow fell into the role. Regardless of the circumstance, it is critical to know who you are and have an awareness of your leadership style. This enables you to be an effective leader amidst the many variables you’re working with.
Sonia Quinones and Karin Montejo join Justice Clearinghouse to discuss authentic leadership. Sonia has 26 years working in law enforcement where she rose from the ranks and is currently the Chief of Police for the City of Hallandale Beach. Meanwhile, Karin is a retired Division Chief and is the President of Montejo Consulting, Inc. where she provides leadership and communication training for law enforcement.
Points discussed in this webinar are:
- The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), its history, mission, membership, projects, and partnerships.
- An introduction to leadership that provides guidelines and expectations when assuming into a leadership role and growing into the position.
- Achieving success as a leader, important factors in leadership, and preventing behavior that leads to loss of credibility.
- Comparing leadership with supervision and management.
- The different leadership types, its characteristics, and how these may be combined depending on the situation.
- Debunking myths about leadership.
- Leadership strategies to incorporate into your toolbox.
- Asking others for input, if time permits, in decision-making.
- Honoring your word and telling the truth to maintain credibility.
- Setting realistic goals that consider all factors that may impact its accomplishment.
- Empowering and guiding subordinates to make decisions and solve problems.
- Backing subordinates and their decisions, and allowing mistakes and failures to become teaching moments.
- Providing subordinates with ongoing and timely feedback on their performance.
- Factors that serve as barriers for leaders or developing leaders such as the ingrained culture, limited resources and mobility, complacency, politics, and lack of role models and succession planning.
- Expectations from leaders to be knowledgeable, maintain transparency, take care of subordinates, exercise fairness, and share hardships and risks.
- The willing and able gauge that provides leaders with pointers on how to best deal with subordinates’ challenges.
- The importance of ethics, how unethical behavior can impact the workplace, and a step-by-step guide to ethical decision making.
- Tips on how to develop your leadership style through consistency, mastery, awareness, flexibility, and seeking mentors to provide guidance.
- Leveraging strengths and weaknesses when developing your leadership style.
- Future leadership trends and factors to consider.
Questions raised during the Q&A were on:
- The importance of the different efforts put into place to deal with the stresses of the job.
- Common mistakes committed by new leaders and how to overcome these.
- How awareness of your biases can make you a better leader.
- How Sonia and Karin’s leadership evolved.
In this webinar, attendees will:
- Identify characteristics that exemplify Authentic Leadership
- HOW do find your authentic leadership?
- Understand how Authentic Leadership fits into your organization’s culture
Resources and Handouts
- “I appreciated the strong yet compassionate style of leadership presented by both speakers.” — Carmen
- “The presenters sharing their personal experiences really enhanced the information they were providing. This was a great webinar.” — Denise
- “A good reminder of the type of leadership styles. Basic information, but very important.” — Darren
- “Nice 1 hour webinars can be fit into the busy workday easier than traveling to classes. Thanks again!” — Evan
- “The topics discussed allowed for personal reflection. I appreciated that the presenters provided useful information and spoke with a lot of experience.” — Frank