Emerging Leaders Program

ACE Track: Emerging Leaders

ICLD 2.3 Practical Emotional: 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.

  • Emotional Intelligence plays a crucial role as a Law Enforcement Officer. The ability to recognize peoples feeling and create an appropriate response could be the difference between deescalating the situation and having it escalate out of control. It is also crucial as a leader. Having a high level of emotional intelligence as a leader will allow you to see how your subordinates are acting and recognize if their is some kind of conflict with them that needs to be resolved.

    • I couldn’t agree more, especially being in a supervisory role. We deal with people (public and sworn) throughout the entire shift and being able to read people and respond to their emotion a lot of time can de-escalate or diffuse a problem before it worsens. When subordinates are dealing with things, acting short-fused, or “blah”, there could be numerous reasons even not having to deal with work. Being able to judge that and respond accordingly can aid that person in fixing it.

  • I believe that using emotional intelligence effectively while performing one’s duties as a supervisor is key to having a functional and good working relationship with your squad/s. Having those subordinates that are emotionally taxing on you and being able to control it, while remaining empathetic with them and others, and not taking away from their needs is crucial. Granted, technology and other social media platforms can hinder some of the communications. This is crucial as long as everyone is aware that their emotional outlets are best done in person to properly assess each other accurately instead of guessing what something meant or trying to help them properly.

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