Emerging Leaders Program

ACE Track: Emerging Leaders

ICLD 2.2 It’s Our Ship: 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. 


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

  • I agree with the content of this lesson in regards to involving subordinates with decision making to improve the organization. It promotes a since of self worth from contributing valued input, and it lets the employee know that their efforts are appreciated. This is crucial for maintaining morale in the organization.

    • There are many benefits in having subordinates be involved in decision making when improving the organization. One of the most important reasons I believe is that they may have a different perspective which may provide great insight on the pros and cons of ideas being presented. If operational changes are being considered then these individuals would be able to provided insight on what works well and what doesn’t to improve efficiency and effectiveness. However, you are absolutely correct with it promoting a sense of worth; plus if it is their or the teams then they are going to have more of a buy in. When the new process works they will have a sense of pride and when it doesn’t work they won’t have to ability to only point the finger at the boss and say see I told him it wasn’t going to work. For a team to operate smoothly they have to trust each other and work together that means making collective decisions on operations.

  • According to Canter, there are three “Rs” when making decisions; reflect, respond and revise (2017). All three of these “Rs” are important when making decisions personally and professionally. When an individual encounters a problem that requires a decision to be made, they should be reflecting on what caused the problem to occur and what impacts the problem may have are. The most common step of the three “Rs” is responding; most individuals are aware that they have to respond to an issue or problem to stop it or fix it. The “R” that is least likely to be carried out is revise. This may be due to other issues arising, being placed on the backburner or feeling that the initial issue has been corrected. This may be one of the most important steps, if a plan or operation is revised then it can prevent from the issue or problem occurring in the future (Canter, 2017).
    Canter, S. (2017). It’s our ship. 2.1, Week # 5. National Command and Staff College. Retrieved from https://cloud.scorm.com/content/courses/NAGVXPB5E6

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