Promotion: Leadership Ability as the Deciding Factor




Reckaway, James

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)


Organizations often base their promotion process on seniority, experience, and education. It should come as no surprise when bad leaders cause the downfall of these same organizations. Good leadership is required to lead organizations to success. Any organization, business, public service provider, trainer, or consultant firm will benefit from good leadership. Good businesses are usually led by good leaders because good employees are more willing to follow the better leaders. Negative perceptions by the public can easily be countered through good leadership. Promotion processes based on other non-essential criteria are likely to result in bad leadership, and bad leadership causes dysfunction throughout the organization and limits the good informal leaders. Although some may have their reservations regarding this idea, evidence suggests that leadership is the most important criteria for the success of an organization. Administrators should begin to allow leadership ability to become the primary deciding factor for promoting employees rather than seniority.


Examines the traditional promotion system and the need for good leadership how it is critical to the success of an organization.


promotion, police personnel management