Becoming a credible leader requires that you find your voice. That voice will not always be the same. Adjustments are often needed and can be impacted by many factors, including but not limited to the nature of the communication, the audience, the timing, and the topic. Awareness is a key starting point and pertains, in part, to self-reflection. The potential implications, including to various stakeholders in different capacities, should be anticipated to the extent possible. In criminal justice, it is imperative to build trust with those whom you serve. The commitment to developing sound strategic plans, as well as policies and procedures, will be judged by your stakeholders’ belief in your ability to carry them out.
In your main post, address the following:
- Explain how a leader finds his or her voice, placing yourself in the position of a leader in a criminal justice capacity.
- Explore the potential consequences associated with a lack of leadership authenticity in a criminal justice context.
- Illustrate how a criminal justice leader can build confidence with stakeholders regarding the department’s commitments to mission and values.