Integrity-Centered Leadership
(Leading Behind the Badge in Challenging Times)

Length of Course:2 days
Instructor: James W. Dodson

Course Description:

At no time in recorded history has law enforcement been under more public scrutiny and mistrust than today with the advent of the 24 hour television, instant news coverage, the ever present video camera and the internet.  In this high-speed digital age, with immediate oversight, the public is increasingly demanding a higher level of transparency in police leadership and operations.

Regardless of ones rank and or experience, “Integrity-Centered leadership” is an essential training course for those who wear the badge in public safety and criminal justice. This training addresses the personal leadership development of the person behind the badge and delivers a comprehensive big picture approach to doing the right thing, the right way for the right reason.

It is often said that, “everything rises and falls on leadership.”   Today’s   public safety and criminal justice agencies need strong leaders at every level of the organization.  To meet the demands currently placed on those who serve and protect, leadership must be fostered at every level of the organization and all employees sworn and civilian should be encouraged to act as leaders.  It is a well-known and established fact that “you cannot lead others until you can lead yourself.”  Much of today’s  leadership training  focuses on ability and proficiency in one’s profession and often ignores the benefits of developing sound personal leadership principles in our personnel which serve as the foundation on which to build cohesiveness within an organization and enhance other professional development.

“Integrity-Centered Leadership” is about sound human resource development that provides the “winning edge” in employee, staff and organizational development.

Course Objective:

Public safety and criminal justice professionals encounter, on a daily basis, a myriad of society’s most difficult and demanding challenges. The sound leadership principles and skills taught in this training will provide new and current leaders at all levels with a foundation that will allow them to immediately transfer these principles and skills to real-life challenges that they will encounter in both their personal and professional lives.

Course Topics:

Personal Leadership, Setting Priorities, Integrity, Ethics, Vision, Dealing with Change, Attitude, Problem Solving, Self-discipline, and Wellness.

Personal Leadership:

Becoming a proper influence, are you the CEO of You, Inc., a commitment to excellence, the value of job knowledge, developing great people skills and positive relationships, the importance of a professional presence, personal responsibility, the mediocre employee, patience, the power of confidence, the value of teamwork.

Setting Priorities:

Putting first things first and knowing what really is important.


A way of life or lip service, integrity vs. image, knowing where the line is, politically correct is not always correct, bad company corrupts good character, profile of a lie, policing the public safety professions and dealing with workplace misconduct, what accountability and liability really mean, physical bravery vs. moral bravery, admitting mistakes and avoiding cover-ups, the old culture vs. the new culture, a mistake or misconduct, honesty and the boomerang syndrome, why the truth will always come out, Rambo and the qualified immunity defense, character, courage, honor and duty


Integrity vs. ethics, why situational ethics fail, purpose of code of ethics, promoting the code of honor, the noble officer cause and the end justify the means mindset, testifying or testlying, personal ethics vs. professional ethics, defining true brotherhood, professional courtesy or favoritism, freedom to do the job.


Day dreaming or a true blue print for the future, the importance of goal setting and how to.

Dealing with Change:

It will come and how to deal with it, why it challenges us, avoiding self-sabotage, why change equals growth, the challenge of thinking.


Why it will be your best friend or worst enemy, good or bad, it stands out, who’s responsible for it, the jack syndrome, attitude vs. aptitude, is the grass really greener, training for failure, revealing your hidden assets, the challenge of thinking.


Developing self-control, the benefits of self-discipline and pay now or play later

Problem Solving:

Why we don’t like them, they can have meaning, why getting the facts is an absolute, how to develop problem solving skills.


Life’s first prize, the myth about not having the time, how stress sabotages you, how fatigue can make a coward of you, and the benefits of a good wellness program.

Who Should Attend?:

Sworn and civilian public safety and criminal justice professionals at all levels will benefit from this training. Law Enforcement, street and road patrol officers, FTO’s criminal investigators, trainers, supervisors, mid-level and upper level management. Fire Service and EMS personnel, Correctional and Detention personnel, Probation and Parole personnel at all levels.

Benefits of Attending:

  •   Teaches sound  personal leadership skills
  •   Promotes and influences doing the right thing
  • Promotes and encourages self-awareness and self-discipline
  •   Promotes “good faith decision making”
  •   Influences best practices that increases professionalism
  •   Aids in reducing “unethical breakdowns”
  •   Great risk management and legal review
  •   Aids  in reducing misconduct, law suits and complaints
  •   Aids leadership in resetting the organizational culture