In preparing this independent study project, the author received frequent advice from well-intentioned educators, POST advisors and colleagues to avoid the morasses of such an amorphous abstraction as leadership. Successful independent study projects, they said, are built of sturdier stuff. Surely, they suggested, the writer would lose himself in the tortuous labyrinth of leadership theory from which no man emerges unscathed.
Undaunted by good advice, the author damned the torpedoes and forged full-speed ahead. This more from an unconscious urge to express a vision that seemed clear to him than a desire to defy others. The writer has long held that it is the duty of law enforcement managers to lead. Police managers must instill within others a vision of the organization's mission, the values which guide decision-making, the future state toward which the organization is moving and the importance of each individual in that future. Without this, police managers serve only as custodians of a mindless bureaucracy which preoccupies itself with the present at the expense of the future.