Everyone working in policing needs leadership attributes to be successful in their role. 

Leadership can be described as the quality which connects an understanding of what must be done with the capability to achieve it.

The resources* below could help you to develop or refine your leadership attributes.

CPD for senior leaders
Across the police service, there is an individual responsibility for undertaking CPD. Senior leaders have a greater accountability, however, due to their lack of reporting lines. If approached properly, engaging in CPD is a rewarding undertaking but, as with any self-directed activity, it requires effective planning and consideration prior to commencement. Not all CPD is planned, however, and there is considerable benefit from reviewing everyday activities too.

To assist you in the practical application of the CPD cycle, we have created a case study involving a fictional senior officer in a fictional police force. It is designed to be used as guidance on how to use the templates and on the process of identifying, planning, putting into action and reflecting on CPD activities and programmes.

Guiding Principles for Organisational Leadership
Officers and staff in forces across England and Wales who display leadership skills will be encouraged and supported to progress their careers, according to a new guide published by the College. The 'Guiding Principles for Organisational Leadership' provides a set of themes which forces can use to develop, support and gather evidence of good organisational leadership.

College of Policing membership – leadership resources
The College of Policing recognises and promotes the idea that everyone working in policing should consider themselves a leader. There are many different resources available via the membership site to help you develop your leadership skills, for example, coaching and mentoring opportunities.

College of Policing learning
The College of Policing offers the following courses via its managed learning environment:

  • Core Leadership Programme
  • Senior Leadership Programme
  • Strategic Command Course.

Leadership at Future Learn
Choose from hundreds of free online courses or MOOCs offered by UK universities and education establishments at Future Learn, with many focused on developing leadership skills, such as:

An Introduction to Public Leadership - The Open University
Management and Leadership: Growing as a Manager - The Open University & Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
How to Read Your Boss - The University of Nottingham

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
Membership of CMI involves committing to your CPD. CMI offers a variety of different resources to support you in this process, including widely recognised qualifications and a wealth of information via ManagementDirect, their programme of national and regional events and specified routes towards becoming a chartered manager.

Cross Sector Leadership Exchange
The Cross Sector Leadership Exchange (CSLE) was established in 2015 to bring together strategic partners who have a responsibility to develop existing, future and aspiring leaders in their own organisations. Various events and courses run by CSLE provide an environment that encourages collaboration and networking in order to enhance leadership skills and allow individuals to gain a better understand of the key challenges facing leaders today.

Various different courses and events run throughout the year.

TED talks on leadership
Ted.com holds a searchable database of talks from past conferences, including many on leadership.

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