Emerging Leaders Program

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. 


  • To increase your leadership capacity at work I believe we need to make sure that trust of your team and them having trust in you is important. One of the modules indicated how your team will have your back because they know if you look good then they look good. There are many different leadership styles and that is why listening and communicating with your team can benefit. Having their input on certain things can allow you to see things from their perspective. This will ultimately help in the overall image of the department. I believe it makes your staff/team feel important and it also solidifies that you are listening to them. This becomes helpful so that when you request them to do something for the betterment of the department they wont think twice about doing it. Building a solid foundation with your team can build success.

  • 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

    • Thank you for your post. Decision making can be critical at times. I have always relied upon my experience and the experience of my staff to make a decision when the time comes that they beleive is the right decision at the time. I never want them to be afraid to make a decision in fear that they are wrong. I do know that at times we will make a wrong decision and that is good. Because it allows us to improve. I instruct my team that when they do make a decision stand behind it if it is right or wrong. No matter the outcome we can always learn or benefit.

  • 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.

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

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