Leading Behind the Badge
Leading Behind the Badge
(Integrity-Centered Leadership)

Length of Course: Available in a 1 or 2 day class
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, “Leading Behind the Badge” 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, noble and constitutional thing.

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.

“Leading Behind the Badge” 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, and problem solving.

Personal Leadership:

What leadership is, value of being a proper influence, CEO of you Inc, commitment to excellence or neurotic perfection, relationship marketing, builder of divider, dealing with mediocrity, job knowledge is power, CYA or qualified immunity, developing a high skill level, traits of the best and worst leader, manager vs leader, people skills, people builder or people pleaser, importance of relationships, taker or giver,the failures disease, effective communication and listening, team work and unity, outstanding customer service and dealing with difficult people, self-discipline, wellness and more…

Setting Priorities:

Putting first things first, what really is important, 80-20 rule.


Integrity is an inside job, demonstrating what it looks like, the great struggle, no right way to do a wrong thing, avoiding bad company, integrity does not have a pause button or an on/off switch , avoiding an integrity deficit,image vs integrity, no easy way to clean up a big mess, lying, testifying or testilying, truth about secrets, code of silence, cover-ups, the truth will always come out, physical bravely vs moral bravely, importance of the word NO, don’t get fired because of social media, academy vs field training, old school vs contemporary times, a positive organization culture, character, courage, honor and duty, and much more…


Integrity vs ethics, purpose of code of ethics, professional courtesy or favoritism, freedom to do the job, proper use of discretion,dealing with grey areas, raising the bar in decision making, how to avoid unethical breakdowns and more…


A blue print for the future or day dreaming, importance of goal setting and more…

Dealing with Change:

Why, when you’re through changing you’re through, why we don’t like it and tend to avoid it, avoiding self-sabotage, why change can equal growth and more…


Good or bad it stands out, best friend or worst enemy, attitude vs aptitude, training for failure, is the grass really greener and more…


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

Problem Solving:

You are either in a problem, coming out of one or going into one, developing problem solving skills, don’t confuse problems with a fact of life, how to engage in sound problem solving and more…


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