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Featured Blog Posts – May 2010 Archive (12)

Charisma, Narcissism & Power

It is challenging to objectively demarcate the impact of narcissism on charismatic leadership, because narcissists can be very compelling and persuasive without necessarily being charismatic. The Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute defines Charisma as “The creating of perceptions that impact the mind and emotions of others through flair, finesse and glib language.” In other words, charismatic personalities utilize emotional and mental stimuli as a means of control. While they create… Continue

Added by Edward Brown on May 28, 2010 at 2:26am — No Comments

Cops and Booze (part one)

"The unique subculture of the law enforcement profession often makes alcohol use appear as an accepted practice to promote camaraderie and social interaction among…


Added by Jeff Shannon on May 23, 2010 at 9:18pm — No Comments

Creating Power & Charisma from a Position of Weakness

My name is Amanda and I am an investigator for a law firm. I heard from a co-workers that I was hired because I was a woman and the company was trying to fill a quota. My law firm is predominately male. The women have largely administrative positions in the firm. I know that I can do an exceptional job, but I am restricted to less important cases, while the male investigator handles more serious cases. I will never get the opportunity to shine, if I am not given the chance. How can I make the… Continue

Added by Edward Brown on May 20, 2010 at 5:09pm — No Comments

Good Guys, Bad Guys, Hot Cars

Image: Plymouth Belvedere from Adam-12

Growing up, JP Molnar had a thing for the 1968, LAPD-marked Plymouth Belvederes on Adam-12. Molnar, Law Officer's resident cruiser expert and columnist, also crushed on the… Continue

Added by Nicole Reino on May 18, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Just a few more minutes

Just a few more minutes……

I woke up to a buzzing sound, wondering what the heck it was. Did I put my phone on vibrate? Oh heck no, it was the alarm clock. As I nuzzled deeper into my pillows, bringing my knees closer to my chest, all I thought was, just a…


Added by Robert Bauer JD on May 16, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Charismatic Leadership: Going Against the Grain

Charismatic leaders have often been lambasted for creating chaos and shaking things up within organizations and on the world stage. One typical criticism might be,”He’s trying to change the way we do things around here—overnight.” Another criticism is taking on more responsibility than the capacity of an organization allows. While these assessments may be warranted, what really is going on inside the charismatic that tumult is almost implored? In short, why must he go against the grain? While… Continue

Added by Edward Brown on May 14, 2010 at 2:38am — No Comments

National Police Week and COPS

During National Police Week, I think it’s really important to recognize a very special group that makes a huge difference for law enforcement families across the country. That group is COPS, Concerns of Police Survivors. All of the folks at Law Officer Magazine and have a huge amount of respect for this organization because its…


Added by Dale Stockton on May 10, 2010 at 12:28pm — 3 Comments

Let's Reach Out to Baltimore Det. Jermaine Cook in Aftermath of Serious Attack With Injury By Karen L. Bune

It is not an unreasonable expectation for police officers to assume they may find themselves in danger or harm’s way while working in uniform, armed, and on duty. However, for Detective Jermaine Cook of the Baltimore Maryland Police Department, the situation he recently encountered on his way home from work after his shift differed from the norm. While his vehicle was halted at a stop sign, Detective…


Added by Karen L. Bune on May 10, 2010 at 3:00am — 2 Comments


Trust, the most needed thing for a law enforcement officer

Trust as defined is assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something: one in which confidence is placed. As I think back on…


Added by Joseph M. Finck on May 7, 2010 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Can Charisma Be Lost?

In an interview some years ago on charisma, Dr. Tony Alessandra, author of the book,”Charisma” said charisma could not be lost once a person possessed it. It is not a “Use it or lose it” proposition. Advancing this notion, it is quite possible that charisma could become latent over time, but not lost, if the charismatic has a paradigm shift in beliefs and motivation. If charisma is merely a means of achieving a goal through imagery, passion and sheer determination, could any of these factors… Continue

Added by Edward Brown on May 6, 2010 at 4:13pm — 1 Comment

Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Her Counterparts Need Autonomy in Policing By Karen L. Bune

Being a police chief is by no means an easy job. It is a position replete with highly important and multitudinous responsibilities. The chief is ultimately held accountable for the actions and results of the troops. Though most chiefs prefer to determine their own destiny and have the latitude to lead as they choose, their autonomy is oftentimes restricted by the political interests that abound in…


Added by Karen L. Bune on May 6, 2010 at 1:30am — No Comments

Lean on Me: The importance of social support for police officers.


I fancy myself a bridge between researchers on the one hand,…


Added by Jeff Shannon on May 2, 2010 at 12:52pm — 1 Comment

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