Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders

ICLD 1.10 Moral Compass: Discussion Board

Instructor: Dr. Mitch
  1. Post a new discussion related to the topics covered in this module.  Your post needs to provide specific lessons learned with examples from this module helping you enhance your leadership capacity at work.
  2. After posting your discussion, review posts provided by other students in the class and reply to at least one of them. 


  • As part of the public safety profession, I believe it is required of myself to maintain high level of professionalism. With that I mean a high standard of moral character and leadership. We are trusted on a daily basis to make a decision that is the best interest of safety for everyone. We are required to up hold the law and maintain the integrity of the department and of ourselves. I know at times we may make the wrong decision. We are human, but when it comes down to the final second we have to live by the decision and or choice we make. Not everything is black and white and can be followed to the letter. We need to adjust at times so that no one is compromised. It is a hard task and level of standards that we demand of ourselves. But like the instructor mentioned often it all boils down to trust. When I walk out that door each day my family trusts me that I will come home. Without the acts of god i make it certain that I will live up to that trust. This is also means that I will not act in anyway that would derail my intentions to be mistrusted. I want my team to live and act on the same standards because it makes the department as a whole better.

  • Individuals who are typically involved with law enforcement agencies tend to have a higher moral compass and strong values. Individuals who chose a career path in any type of law enforcement agency have to be able to determine what is right and wrong, have to have strong morals to do the right thing when no one is watching and be able to make a decision without allowing their own biases to get in the way. The ten core values of the moral compass provide a good understanding of why an individual may act a specific way, how it may affect others on the team as well as the agency as a whole. As a supervisor it is important to recognize the areas where I am excelling in as well as the areas where I need to improve upon. It is also a great guide to identify where members are currently at to understand what makes them tick. Having this information provides different areas of training as well has understanding how to pair member up to accomplish tasks (Snyder, 2017).
    Snyder, L. (2017). Moral Compass. 1.10, Week # 4. National Command and Staff College. Retrieved from https://cloud.scorm.com/content/courses

  • Doing what is right and believing which is right can affect the outlook people have on you. But it’s best to do what is truthfully right. If you know you messed up, own up to it. Always do the right thing for the right reasons, not just to look “good” but because you know its the right thing to do.

    • Once an individual is caught not being truthful or being dishonest, they will never be able to be trusted again. In law enforcement it is very important to have trust, especially amongst collogues; they have to be able to lean on each other in time of need and trust that their are going to have their back in a “hot” call.

      • I think you hit the target about the trust part of a law enforcement officer. When an officer derails and can no longer be trusted they now become a cancer to the unit. It takes many good officers to do help bring the reputation back to the standards to which we all swore on to uphold. Whenever one person swings to the other side that trust within the community is broken and it is so hard to repair. I have always tried to make sure my team stays straight and makes decisions that they can live with and that the department can support because they did what was right and moral.

  • I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t, at the VERY least, comment on how this entire block of training was a combination of Webster’s definitions of certain key terms and a long list of clichés used in an effort to reinforce those definitions. However, the book had it’s moments of key wisdom! “Although it is not always easy, credible leaders must always do the right thing for the right reason, even if it is in direct conflict with a personal preference.” When the public believes us to be credible, our job will be so much easier. I have stuck with this core tenant for as long as I have been in this career. Sometimes, doing what is right and doing what is lawful does not always coincide. I am thankful, thus, we have the option with certain misdemeanors to explain away the criminal behavior.

    • You are absolutely correct, as leaders sometimes doing the right thing conflicts with our personal beliefs, however, we must ensure that we are always doing the right thing. The moment the public doesn’t believe 1 agency member isn’t credible it affects the entire credibility of the agency and law enforcement as a whole. We have to do everything we can do to prevent that from happening and if it does the agency must get in front of it and be transparent and try to restore credibility as soon as possible. Without the communities trust it makes the agency’s job so much harder.

  • Part of the essay portion of this module asks us to think about the negative affects of the Moral Compass on public safety professionals, which had not occurred to me – I had just considered it in a positive light. Since we are all human, and will at times fall short and fail, I suppose that the pressures of meeting the Moral Compass’ standards could be viewed as unattainable or unrealistic, and bring negative connotations of guilt, shame, regret, and poor self-worth.

    However, in those situations when we fail, the cornerstones of the Moral Compass can be beacons that help to guide us back toward redemption, recovery, and restoration. Although turning the negatives of our failures into positive learning experiences is easier said than done, turning our attention toward the principles of the Moral Compass can help us, even during our dark days.

    • I think too we should hone in on the importance of failing, and hopefully failing upwards. Failure breeds wisdom. If we take those moments of failures and (in the hopes we aren’t scolded and written up into oblivion) harness what we learn, applying those lessons going forward, we become all the stronger for it. I can’t count on my hands (or toes included) the amount of times I have royally ****ed up in this career. But I have made the effort to learn from each and every mistake and applied everything I’ve learned in the hopes of not making that mistake again.

      • Agreed. We all fail sometimes, and it’s all about how you come back from failure. Learning is key so you don’t keep making the same mistake over again.

  • I am a Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPAC) evaluator and am testing the system.

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