The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the

Leadership and the Police
Melanie Jones
Gerry Broadbent
Albert Einstein
‘Insanity is doing the same thing over
and over again and expecting a
different results’
Obstacle 1
• Self-Deception
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are
the easiest person to fool. After you've not fooled yourself, it's
easy not to fool other people. You just have to be honest in a
conventional way after that.
“Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt”
Richard Feynman
This links to work by Lindsey McLoughlin and others. Police
officers were asked to make predictions about future crime in
different parts of their area. The key result was that their
confidence was absolutely no guide to their accuracy.
Obstacle 2
•Selective Attention
Authentic Leadership
Small beginnings……….
Polonius, Hamlet :
‘To thy own self be true.’
Leeds – Time for sole searching and
Martin Luther King
‘ Faith is taking the first step even when you cannot see the
whole staircase.’
Christopher Columbus
‘You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage
to lose sight of the shore.’
Martin Luther King :
‘Only in the darkness can you see the stars.’
2011 – Tested to the Limit
Albert Einstein :
‘Try not to be a man of success but rather
try to be a man of value.’
Challenges and/or Opportunities?
• Significant Budget Reductions
• Cultural Change
• Police and Crime Commissioners
• Tom Winsor – Chief HMIC
Neyroud Review of Police Leadership and
“I have concluded that, in the light of the
government’s published ambitions for policing
and the challenges that policing needs to meet,
this is a moment for radical change in the
approach to police leadership and training.”
The Observer - 16th September 2012
Millions of employees in the private sector have learnt that there is no
longer such a thing as a "job for life“, while millions in the public sector
have been challenged to justify their existence.
Working practices have been revolutionised; organisations radically
restructured; pay and conditions dramatically changed.
Teachers, nurses, ambulance drivers, doctors, local authority workers
and fire-fighters have all felt bracing blasts of government-driven
The big exception has been the police.
What shapes your Leadership Style?