Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders

ICLD 3.1 Human Factors and Leadership: 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. 


  • Understanding the human factors in police work is important as this allows leaders to make officer wellness a priority and also to identify many of the conditions that can influence decision making and performance. Often times the community has expectation of the perfectly imperfect officer, but it is crucial to remember that officers are human beings – they get tired, fatigued, and are prone to stress. As leaders the need to emphasize health and well-being is essential and protecting officer well-being needs to be a priority. Healthy officers are safer and provide better service to the communities they serve.

  • As a law enforcement officer, it is vital to consider not only the physical aspects of the job but also the mental and emotional toll it can take. That is why the concept of officer resiliency is crucial in maintaining a healthy and effective police force.

    One key factor in promoting officer resiliency is leadership. Good leadership can create a supportive and positive work environment where officers feel valued and motivated to do their best. This can lead to increased job satisfaction and a stronger sense of purpose, which in turn can help officers better cope with the stresses of the job.

    Additionally, public safety plays a critical role in officer resiliency. When officers feel that they are making a difference in their communities and that their work is appreciated, they are more likely to remain committed to their jobs and perform at a high level.

    Overall, the human factors involved in law enforcement must be considered. By prioritizing officer resiliency through effective leadership and a focus on public safety, we can create a stronger, more resilient police force that is better equipped to handle the challenges of the job.

  • Human factors is a good topic to cover. It’s important for leaders to keep the human factor in perspective when considering how situations were handled. We don’t want to “Monday morning quarterback” a critical incident. We have to consider the people behind the uniform involved when reviewing incidences. Things like stress and fatigue are huge in the public safety field. From police to firefighters to EMS to dispatchers and nurses, we all work 24/7 jobs in high stress roles. Having good management of those is essential to staying healthy, happy, and effective.

    • I agree that management of the human factors is essential to staying happy and healthy. I think many times officers are prone to overworking themselves and many times it is up to their supervisors to recognize if they have been working too much, appear tired or fatigued, or are showing signs of stress. As you mentioned, in police work many officers are overworked and constantly exposed to stressful situations and several agencies don’t make officer wellness a priority. Encouraging nutrition, exercise, and proper sleep is extremely important.

  • I also agree that it is our responsibility to ensure that we are physically and mentally healthy. This career is very stressful and can take a toll on our bodies and mental health. We need the outlets outside of work to maintain that mental health. It does help that my agency does provide outside programs and resources at no cost to its employees.

  • I have to agree that it is the responsibility of the individual as well as the agency to ensure the members are physically and mentally sound as well as managing their stress and fatigue levels. The agency can increase these areas by promoting wellness and setting the example as well as providing the proper training and resources for their members. The individuals have to be self-aware and have the determination to improve their mental and physical wellbeing. It is very important for a balanced professional and personal lifestyle (Harrington, 2017).
    Harrington, R. (2017). Human factors and leadership. 3.1, Week # 9. National Command and Staff College. Retrieved from

    • I think setting an example is a huge factor. While it’s every officers responsibility to maintain their physical fitness, if everyone else in your organization is overweight and eats at McDonalds everyday, it’s easier to fall into that same pattern. Leaders, whether they work the desk or the road, should be setting a good example for officers to emulate. Not only is that in our work, but it also applies to how we treat ourselves. Not only does this include diet and exercise, but should include things like having a getting good sleep, limiting caffeine, reducing nicotine, and spending time with family/friends and doing hobbies outside of work. All of this is essential for making it to retirement as happy and healthy as possible.

    • I completely agree with your point of view, and I appreciate your insight into the responsibility of the agency and the individual to ensure their members’ overall health and well-being. It is imperative that agencies take the necessary steps to promote wellness and set the right example for their members. Providing proper training and resources is crucial in ensuring that individuals have the tools they need to improve their mental and physical health. Lastly, I could not agree more with your statement that a balanced professional and personal lifestyle is critical to a healthy and fulfilling life. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this critical topic.

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