Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse
In England, the shepherd drives the sheep from behind the flock.
In France, the shepherd leads the flock from the front.
If you manage in the manner of a French shepherd, it is advisable, from time to time, to take a look behind you.
Consider this for a moment….
The UK College of Policing, commissioned by the Home Secretary, has just published a review of the police service.
The report finds that the service has insular attitudes, is resistant to change and that senior management fail to listen to officers. There is a culture of heroic leadership led from the top and too many levels of management.
Now, where have you heard this before? In many organisations?
The report recommends less hierarchy and a greater emphasis on teamwork.
The CEO of the College of Policing concludes with: “Only by investing in and valuing the people who work in policing will we succeed.”
And isn’t this true of most organisations?