You were recently promoted to the rank of patrol sergeant after a short five years on the force. The chief tells you he is expanding the authority and responsibility of sergeants and is looking for strong leadership at the supervisor level. Many of the officers you are now supervising, including your old partner who is a 20-year veteran and trained you when you first entered the force, have considerably more experience than you. In addition, you and your partner were close and often confided in each other.
He now seems to keep his distance and sometimes questions your decisions at roll call. He will bring up things about you from the past and openly criticize management. Others openly wonder why your old partner was passed over for the promotion. Since your promotion, you’ve also declined several invitations you normally would have accepted. And, some of the officers aren’t as cordial as they used to be and you hear talk that your promotion has changed you.
Considering this scenario, write a well-crafted paper addressing the following questions:
- Describe how a new leader can overcome obstacles such as those provided in the scenario. Be specific in how you would approach the situation.
- What style of leadership is best for a position such as this?
- Can one style of leadership cover all scenarios a new Sergeant might run into? Explain.
Your paper should be 3-4 pages in length (not including title or reference pages) and conform to APA. Include at least two, peer-reviewed scholarly references in addition to the course textbook.