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Thinking Differently About Law Enforcement Leadership

Thinking Differently About Law Enforcement Leadership

Roy Bethge is a veteran police leader with more than 26 years of experience.  He is the lead instructor and co-founder of The Virtus Group, and the co-founder of WINx: Inspiring Excellence in Law Enforcement.  In this episode, Roy provides his definition of leadership, talks about the need for thinking differently about law enforcement leadership, and gives three practical tips for becoming successful as an individual and leader.

Roy defines leadership as “the ability to inspire others or self toward a common ethical goal,” and then explains the components of his definition.  He goes on to offer the following advice concerning becoming successful.

1. Continually self-assess through outside sources.  Take assessments and hire a coach that will help you gain an outside perspective for growth.  As one of Jonathan’s professors teaches, leadership development begins with self development, and self development begins with self awareness.

2. Work on your attitude.  You are in control of your attitude and perspective even while facing challenging situations.

3. Read, Read, Read.

About The Author

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Jonathan Parker is a professional communicator, trainer, podcaster, and pastor who is passionate about serving law enforcement officers and their families. Jonathan was raised in Savannah, GA, and after earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, he moved to Cleveland, TN to complete his graduate studies. He graduated from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in 2006 with a Master of Divinity. Jonathan began working with the Chattanooga Police Department in 2007, and has served on Patrol, as a School Resource Officer in an inner-city high school, and as an adjunct training instructor for multiple agencies. He was twice named “Officer of the Year” for the Chattanooga Police Department, received two life-saving medals – one of those for performing CPR on his wife Meredith who was clinically dead for over 15 minutes after suffering a massive heart attack eight (8) days after the birth of their daughter, and he also received the Tennessee Governor’s Homeland Security Award from former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredeson. Jonathan is the host of the “Watch Your Six” podcast, which serves law enforcement and first responder families by providing practical resources in six critical areas to help them successfully navigate life and their career. Jonathan, Meredith, and their daughter Olivia are the founding Pastors of Cop Church Chattanooga, a worship gathering for law enforcement families that launched in February 2015. Jonathan can be reached via his website at www.JonathanOParker.com or www.CopChurch.com.

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