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Police leadership in North America functions with the reality of the fourth industrial revolution. This presentation discusses ways to prepare Police Leadership to thrive in this context.
Leadership is affected by three factors, the Leader(ship) the Follower(ship), and the Context. These three factors are powerful driveshafts within Police Leadership in the 21st century. With reference to context, it seems incontrovertible that we have entered the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Bonciu, 2017a; Chung, 2017; Fonseca, 2018) and the impact of this revolution on society in general (Bonciu, 2017b), and Policing in particular (Baker, n.d.; Kodama, 2018; Zucconi, 2016), are topics under keen research. This is no less true of the type of leadership (Fonseca, 2018; Panchak, 2016) needed to survive and thrive in this new context of the integration of the real world (the physical world), with the biological world (particularly with humanity), and with the digital world (the virtual world)(Bonciu, 2017b) currently unfolding in the 4th Industrial Revolution.
With this tectonic shift in the symbiosis between the physical, biological, and digital, underway a question concerning the role of Higher Educational institutions in shaping the Police Leadership of today for the reality of tomorrow naturally emerges (Merilee, 2017). Are the programs, methods, and delivery platforms currently deployed by higher educational institutions relevant for Police Leadership in the emerging 4th Industrial Revolution (Zucconi, 2016)?
This question of relevance is, essentially, a leadership question – especially if we espouse Greenleaf’s Servant Leadership approach (Spears & Lawrence, 2004) that contends that it is the ethical responsibility of the leadership of an organization to anticipate the future challenges that might undermine the health or sustainability of the organization. This is no less true if we heed Katz’s analysis (Northouse, 2019) that effective leadership at the “C” level must have high conceptual skill – which is the capacity to understand where the organization is currently, but where it needs to be in the emerging future to survive and thrive.
This presentation describes the core competencies required for Police Leadership within this modern Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambigiuous context invoked by the 4th Industrial Revolution and a fully online University Certifcate developing Police Leadership in this context.