Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders

ICLD 3.13 Tactical 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. 


  • One of the imperative points of this lecture is to recognize that law enforcement duties have a combat aspect to them. “Combat” in law enforcement is not a common occurrence, however the moments of fighting should be preceded by a large amount of preparation and training. There are many leaders that reject the paramilitary nature of police work and wrongly prefer to gear it more towards humanitarian work. This approach fails to recognize the harsh side of law enforcement and results in unprepared leaders and officers during extreme encounters. As law enforcement leaders it is imperative to be prepared for these situations. Leaders need to train themselves and their units for every possible encounter. They need to learn to maintain their composure and stay in control and remember not to get pulled too close to the action, they need to position themselves to get the bigger picture and maintain their view of the moving parts of every call.

  • I recently read an interesting article on tactical leadership and how it relates to the concept of OODA, which stands for Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act. The article explained that this framework can be used to make quick decisions in high-pressure situations, which is essential for effective tactical leadership.

    As a leader, it’s important to be able to quickly observe and analyze the situation at hand, orient yourself to the circumstances, make a decision based on the available information, and then take action. This approach can be especially valuable in fast-paced environments where every second counts.

    What I found particularly intriguing about the concept of OODA is that it’s not just applicable to tactical situations – it can also be useful in everyday life. By breaking down decision-making into these four stages, we can become more efficient and effective at making choices, whether we’re dealing with a crisis or simply trying to decide what to have for lunch.

    Overall, I think that understanding the OODA framework can be a valuable tool for anyone looking to improve their leadership skills or decision-making abilities. Whether you’re in a high-pressure situation or just trying to navigate the complexities of everyday life, this approach can help you stay focused and make the best choices possible.

    • I agree that understanding the OODA framework is a valuable tool for leaders to have. It is important not to memorize the specific principles of a strategy but instead to develop intuitive competence when dealing with quickly changing circumstances. The four elements of the OODA loop are best done simultaneously and quickly and the ability to think quicky to obtain a favorable outcome comes with repetition and training.

  • OODA Loop is a term I was first exposed to during defensive tactics training. We were taught that confusing people in very high stress situations can give us the upper hand. It’s an interesting concept that seemed to do wonders when executed well in the field. When people’s brain don’t know how to process, everything else shuts down. It’s crucial for us in the public safety field to keep our mind working and the best way to do that is through realistic, stress induced, training to perfect our ability to quickly, effectively, and accurately Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act. When we’ve been involved in similar training situations, it’s easier for our brain to associate and apply tactics to the current situation even if it’s slightly different.

    Train, train, train. Practice, practice, practice.

    • Thank you for sharing your experience and insights on the OODA Loop concept. It is interesting to know how this concept is applied in the public safety field to gain the upper hand in high-stress situations. I agree that realistic and stress-induced training is crucial to perfect the ability to observe, orient, decide, and act quickly. The more we practice and train, the better equipped we are to handle similar situations in the future. Thank you for your service and commitment to public safety.

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