Leadership from the Bottom Up




Ward, Stoney

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)



Police departments have evolved over the years due to the demands that citizens placed on them. As a result, police departments are constantly seeking the most updated method to be an efficient and effective department that citizens can be proud of. Police department have adapted technological advances to reach a large number of citizens in the smallest amount of time. However, police departments fail to look at their organization structures to be effective by soliciting input from the front line officer. Leadership from the bottom up will assist police administrator in moving closer to an efficient, well-managed, and well-led organization. Not only do police departments need to adopt the most-efficient crime fighting model, but they also need to collaborate with the officers in their own agencies to implement it. The front line officers have valuable experiences that will assist police administrators in accomplishing organizational goals. Sadly, police departments are not taking advantage of these types of officers who possess unique skill sets. There are downfalls with leading from the bottom up, due to the inefficiencies associated with it, as well as requiring buy in from all members of the police agency. These downfalls cause police administration to shy away from incorporating this model of hierarchy in the organization. However, the benefits of leading from the bottom up will outweigh the negative stigma associated with it.


Leadership, Personnel Management