Item description for Effective Police Leadership by Thomas E. Baker...
Great leaders aren't born, they're made..and this book makes them! Whether you're an officer aspiring to lead or a senior official interested in evaluating and enhancing your leadership effectiveness, this powerful book gives you practical, in-depth insight into the time-yesyed principles that empower supervisors and inspire troops. From developing high morale and lasting respect to implementing constructive disciplinary techniques and effective conflict resolution strategies, the wealth of wisdom in this book will launch you and those in your charge to the highest levels of unity and performance!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2005
Publisher Looseleaf Law Publications
ISBN 1932777261 ISBN13 9781932777260
Reviews - What do customers think about Effective Police Leadership?
Read it for yourself IGNORE POOR REVIEWS Jul 26, 2005
INFORMATIVE BOOK EASY TO READ WELL WRITTEN BUY IT!!!!! SORRY I CAN'T WRITE A HUGE NEVER ENDING REVIEW blah blah blah WHINE WHINE WHINE SINCE I ACTUALLY HAVE A LIFE
Little redeeming value Jul 23, 2005
The author of the review "Bad" could not have been more on-target. (And now I will proceed to be similarly lambasted by those of you who deem my articulate review "unhelpful" simply because I don't agree with you that this book will solve all of the world's problems. Thus, since I write negative reviews AS WELL AS positive ones, I will certainly never challenge anyone's "Top 100 reviewer" status.... but that's another story; I digress...)
This book is a jumbled cacophony of lists, adages, and "how-to" advice; all with no inherent interconnection, and limited usefulness in practical terms. I, like other reviewers, was only reading it as it was required reading for an online law enforcement course I was taking (I am a cop). Therefore I felt the need to warn those of you who are actually contemplating the voluntary reading of this book for purposes of enhancing your career.
I notice of course the flowery praise from other reviewers. This is somewhat unexplainable to me. All I can think of is that we as a people (admirably) are more likely to comment on something we feel positive about, than the opposite. And don't get me wrong, if this book helps you in some way, or you feel it has effective information to suit your needs, then by all means, I am not knocking your experience. Certainly there is SOME amount of helpful info to be gleaned here (thus the 2 stars instead of one!). It just seemed like overall, you are just being given an "information dump", with little coherence or style to speak of.
Additionally, many of the concepts and actual phrases are taken DIRECTLY from US military doctrine, as well as the actual leadership publications. At times this is appropriately noted and referenced, but other times it is not. (I spent 9 years in the Army, and some of the terms and phrases the author uses are VERY familiar, believe me!)
The real-world examples and anecdotes are few, and lackluster, and the author is quick to jump back into his ingrained style of dumping on you more maxims and formulas (some of these are so clicheed as to be almost PAINFUL to read, especially if you have read a few self-development books in the past). In the end one is left with the impression, "I could have written this book!"
Also the review would not be complete without noting the gratuitous and sometimes ghastly grammatical errors. They are all there folks: misspellings, syntax errors, usage issues, incomplete sentences, the works. I am not an English major, but come on, isn't someone supposed to review this stuff before publication? If you have read a few books in your life (not saying you need to be Einstein) you will surely find all the grammatical flaws distracting- and, admittedly, a bit disheartening from a man trying to "teach" me something.
Like I said, if you get something out of this book, my hat's off to you. Personally I found it dry, formulaic, and almost completely UN-helpful. There HAS to be better books on leadership out there! Wait... I'll recommend one right of the bat: try to get your hands on Army Field Manual 22-100, "Military Leadership". You'll find great historical examples, practical applications (to the military, though, not police work), and you may be surprised to find some of the same information as in Baker's book! (Minus all the grammatical errors though).
Essential Reading for Police Managers Mar 4, 2004
I was a little hesitant in purchasing this book since it was written by a military leader who likely operated in an environment where authoritarian leadership is the norm. My concern was unfounded. It is written for police leaders and in language that is easily understood. The author has some great insight into what it takes to be an effective leader. More importantly though, he gives some concrete examples and ideas on how to act as a leader. The case histories are based in hard reality with examples most police officers will be able to relate to. I really can't say enough good things about this book. It should be required reading for all police brass.
The best study guide for police leadership!!!! Sep 27, 2003
This book is such a great leadership review! Anyone who reads this book should get a better understanding of how to become a great leader. The text is clear and to the point. After reading Baker's leadership book there is NO excuse for poor performance. It was nice to read a book that had all the information on this topic and was actually easy to comprehend. If you don't get the principles of leadership after reading this book, you never will. I recommend it to my friends as the best study guide out there. Grab a copy and see for yourself.
Excellent! Sep 26, 2003
I give this police leadership book a 5-star rating. All the fundamentals are there in an easy-to-read format. This book makes a contribution to the field of law enforcement and I am glad that I had the opportunity to read it. The book encourages ethical police leadership and a sense of duty and honor.