The Need for Transformational Leadership in Policing

The Need for Transformational Leadership in Policing
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2021-08-10
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Transformational leadership is an approach that aims to increase engagement, enhance the motivation, and improve morale of the workforce. It is also a valuable tool for justice professionals to have in their arsenal amidst the pressure and rapid changes they are subjected to. The best part – it doesn’t take much resources to implement this – just inherent willingness to make a difference.

Back on the Justice Clearinghouse to lead the discussion is Dr. Obed Magny. Obed is a police officer with over 15 years of experience, a Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) program alum, a Policing Fellow at the National Police Foundation, and a founding member of the American Society of Evidence Based Policing (ASEBP). He is also the CEO of Magny Leadership where he shares his expertise on motivation, job satisfaction, diversity, trauma, and emotional intelligence.

Specifics of this webinar include:

  • A glimpse into the state of the justice profession through the eyes of Officer Williams that demonstrates the value of transformational leadership.
  • Why people leave their jobs and how attrition is impacting justice agencies tremendously.
  • What leadership is and the common qualities of a good and a bad leader.
  • The origins of transformational leadership, what it is, the qualities of transformational leaders, how they influence their followers, and transformational leaders we’re familiar with.
  • What transactional leadership is, instances where it can be best utilized, areas when it isn’t recommended to be applied, and how the quasi-military system in policing makes it transactional by default.
  • Juxtaposing transformational and transactional leadership in its characteristics and how these manifest in the workplace.
  • How existing policing culture, politics, risk aversion, and absence of effort and dedication to practice transformational leadership is hindering the justice profession.
  • The adverse effect of lack of transformational policing in employee wellness, public perception, and the profession as a whole.
  • The different challenges that the profession is facing in terms of embracing change and innovations, combatting criminality, managing a diverse workforce, the political climate, and recruitment.
  • The four integral components of transformational leadership that focus on the leader’s ability to…
    • Influence through charisma, purpose, and modeling morality and ethics.
    • Motivate by having a clear vision, establishing expectations, being optimistic and inclusive, and emotionally connecting with his/her followers.
    • Stimulate creativity and challenge followers to innovate, take risks, and seize opportunities towards their goals.
    • Practice individualized consideration by paying attention to each individual’s needs and goals and provide the resources and opportunities needed to get there.
  • How transformational leadership leads to more balanced, motivated, engaged, satisfied, fulfilled, and productive employees.
  • Actionable steps to increase transformational leadership skills by developing positive relationships, articulating the vision, encouraging creativity, and modeling these for others to follow.
  • A review of researches made across different countries that support transformational leadership and its benefits for both individuals and agencies.
  • The value in coaching and how it impacts not just the person getting the coaching but everyone that that person interacts with.

Points discussed during the Q&A were about:

  • Leading up and getting someone who’s more superior in rank to consider transformational leadership concepts.
  • Holding people more accountable through transformational leadership.
  • What role police unions can play to support transformational leadership efforts.
  • Ambidextrous policing where transformational and transactional policing is both utilized depending on the situation.
  • The time dedicated to emotional intelligence and other “soft skills” in the Police Academy.
  • Learning more about transformational leadership.
  • Easy to implement steps to improve the collective narrative defining law enforcement.


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Audience Comments

  • “All of the information was valuable and a great reinforcement of leadership principles I practice.” — Jeff
  • “Great instructor!” — DETECTIVE
  • “Love this guy…great attitude and wisdom!” — Matt
  • “All the information was valuable however what I have taken away from the webinar is that being a good leader helps motivate staff morale which also leads to increase in productivity in the workforce.” — Rosette
  • “SO much truth here! We *talk* about leadership in our profession but it is so very rare. Transformational leaders even more so. I think we need to spend more time talking with our peers about what leadership looks like and that fact that is not always (sometimes seldom) tied to rank.” — Heather
  • “Excellent and informative points – specifically why transformational leadership is effective – especially when compared with outdated leadership styles. Great work, loved every second.: — Justin
  • “Dr. Magny always has great information and his delivery of the materials is so dynamic that it keeps the audience attention and involvement.” — Michael



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