Read each paragraph and give me your opinion if you agree or disagree with it
When it comes to leadership there are some values that one must adhere to, to play the role of an efficient leader. Every situation is different and must react accordingly. The values involve communication amongst others. You must respect each other and work together as a team. Leadership isn’t a one-way communication, you listen to others, and you encourage your team and community.
Possible challenges could be that individuals do not follow policy or do not understand core values. When it comes to communication, depending on how everything goes, body language, tone, how one handles a given scenario, ends with various results. Communication is the key to everything in a leadership role, as well as how one handles the situation.
Kouzes talks about various elements of leadership in its basic form. These are modeling ways, inspiring visions, challenging processes, enabling and encouraging others to act. One can’t lead on their own. The must encourage their team and take care of their team, so they both support each other. Being able to get over obstacles requires blueprints of what to do. acknowledgment of a problem and coming up with ideas to overcome the issues present, start with the individuals you are working with.
Leaders are balancing the changing work environment by putting emphasis on the core values within the criminal justice system while being able relate to what their subordinates are experiencing and going through. For instance, I work in regional jail, and in my facility, we preach being firm, fair, and consistent. We hear this throughout our entire career. We emphasize this in every situation. Whether it is disciplining and inmate or discipling a staff member. Basically, being firm is not wavering in your decision, be fair when making your decision, and be consistent meaning you should ensure you are same person every day; not a nice guy today, and then a total jerk the next day. As leaders at the facility we can actually give real world examples of being firm, fair, and consistent, therefore we are able to relate to our subordinates and they can relate to us.
The challenges that we are being faced with is when the staff decides not to practice all three and decide they want to pick and choose when to be fair, firm, or consistent. I’m not sure how to overcome this challenge, because we cannot control what an individual chooses to do, we can only address the behavior. According to Kouzes and Posner (2017), individuals want a leader who can see passed the current problems and have a vision for better future. Overall I think the challenges that face the criminal justice system can be overcome by having new and innovative ideas that this new generation can relate to.
Communication is key in everything being successful. If a leader has a vision and that person does not share that vison with their constituents, then it is merely just an idea. There will be nothing to come of that idea if it is not brought up, which would be marked as a failure.
Sharing one’s idea would be ideal because that way, others can intake the idea or vision and think about this cognitively. Then, they may or may not give their input on the targeted idea. If nothing is said, then no communication can occur and there would be nothing being done to make the vision a realistic thing.
Communication is a two-way road. An idea is given, in return, there needs to be input given back. How can we improve this currently and will this work? If not, what will work? And what do we need to do, to make this happen? The exchange of ideas and everybody coming together to help as a group is how effective communication works. A leader needs to take his groups ideas and perspectives and work together as a team to accomplish the task at hand. When paving a new path, stating that your way is the only way, is not effective and will hinder individuals from speaking up and this will close off communication connections.
- Interpret what Kouzes and Posner were referring to regarding leadership visions for organizations being inadequate if not shared with constituents.
When leadership visions are not shared with constituents the visions will not be properly followed, which withholding the information regarding leadership visions impacts the ability of constituents to succeed as a leader in the organization in the future. The five practices of exemplary leadership include modeling the way, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the process, enabling others to act, and encourage the heart (Kouzes & Posner 2017, pg. 11). Leaders and managers must be direct about values as well as expectations in order to instruct others to follow. Inspiring a shared vision is necessary in order to lead a successful group of people and programs. Leadership visions for organizations are inadequate due to the lack of direction for the constituents. Success will also be achieved when a leader inspires others to follow and engage in a shared vision.
- Analyze the implications associated with sharing, or not sharing, a vision with constituents in a criminal justice organization context.
Sharing a vision in criminal justice organizations ensures that criminal justice professionals practice similar values and follow specific guidelines in the field. The visions will be practiced and shared with federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies, which the consistency in the criminal justice system will provide security to the community. Consistency is a necessary element in the criminal justice system due to the amount of disorganization in society. Consistency is necessary for laws and punishment in order to remain within the guidelines from the constitution. Mandatory sentencing remains consistent for all people and punishment for offenders is relatively similar, which when the criminal justice system demonstrates an inconsistency the community questions the decisions of criminal justice professionals. A shared vision holds all criminal justice professionals to the same standards and expectations regardless of their level of placement in the government or power, they must all practice the same values.
- Explain how communication skills impact communication of a vision in a criminal justice application-based context.
Communication is an important element when managing an organization and constituents, especially when large amounts of people involved. The vision must be communicated to the constituents with various methods and overtime to ensure that the vision is reintroduced when new members enter the organization. Changes and future developments, such as new laws, are important for leaders to communicate with constituents. Newly developed policies must be communicated to all levels of law enforcement and criminal justice professionals in order for the policies to be effectively and efficiently enforced.