Leadership in the Future
Leadership in the Future
Public safety leaders face both technical and adaptive challenges. Technical problems are the ones that are well understood since they have been encountered before. As such, people have developed solutions to these issues making them easy to address. In some instances, technical problems are complicated but can be solved using the existing methods and strategies. In such a case, the leader is challenged to use a workable approach that can effectively solve the problem (Hartley & Benington, 2011). Conversely, adaptive problems are complex since leaders are not sure of their causes or the methods that can be used to solve these problems. In addition, solving adaptive problems requires a change in values, attitudes and behaviors as these factors may be directly or indirectly contributing to the problem. In this case, leaders need to recognize their contribution to the issue and seek to change their negative beliefs and attitudes.
The next few years will see increased use of communications technology in the police departments. Specifically, the Next Generation (NG911), Artificial Intelligence for 911 (AI911) and FirstNet technologies will be incorporated in the police infrastructure. These technologies will allow the use of photos, texts and videos and improve the time used to respond to emergencies. In addition, the use of DNA technology in identifying serial offenders will increase in the future (PoliceOne Staff, 2018). In this case, the police will use advanced DNA analysis strategies in analyzing the DNA similarities among different offenders. Another issue will be increased officer training so that they can effectively respond to people in crisis and those who are mentally sick. In this case, training will be delivered through the use of virtual reality technologies. Also, officers will advocate for more resources that facilitate emotional wellness to deal with conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depression and the suppression of stigmatization in society. Leaders can prepare their organizations for the future by being flexible, interacting with different teams in the internal and external firm environments and mobilizing stakeholders and shareholders in achieving positive change in the organization.
Public safety leaders can address future challenges by fostering police-community partnerships. Public safety majorly relies on the partnerships developed between the police and surrounding communities leading to increased interaction and the development of trusting relationships. These partnerships will lead to increased awareness of the safety strategies that need to be used, reduced use of fragmented and duplicated efforts by the police to stop crime and improved community-police partnerships (Heintze, 2017). Leaders also need to put effort into portraying that the police need to be offered the same human rights as civilians. This requirement can only be achieved if the police interact more with the communities they serve. Also, leaders can solve future issues by using social media sites to access and retrieve information. However, such data needs to be checked to avoid cases of discriminatory surveillance, violation of human rights and preventing individuals from engaging in free speech.
Public safety leaders are better positioned to solve future challenges as they have the right capabilities in the form of skills, mindsets and behaviours. Further, these leaders play an integral role in facilitating safety in communities. These leaders have the necessary emotional intelligence used to deal with the issues that arise in their daily undertakings. It is worth noting that emotional intelligence is necessary when these leaders are dealing with a range of issues and a large number of people they have to interact with daily. Also, public safety leaders use diversity and inclusion competencies to enhance tolerance and accommodation in the groups they interact with. Such an approach helps in forming positive partnerships with the stakeholders and shareholders in the police department and community at large.
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