Team Building

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapters 9 and 10 in Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century: Executives and Senior-Level Leaders (Campbell & Dobel & Katsampes & Mactavish & Yates, 2014), the Strategies for Successful Team-Building Workshops (Rothaus, 2006) article from Police Chief Magazine.

Building a strong organizational team and commitment takes a concerted effort. As part of an effective strategic plan, there must be a sense of cohesion toward the common vision and mission of the organization. Rothaus (2006) discusses how “begin with the end in mind” is an important strategy in teambuilding, yet it is often overlooked.

For your initial post, first put yourself in a leadership role in a law enforcement or corrections organization of your choice and respond to the idea that it is beneficial to begin with the end in mind when building a team. Suggest two methods you might use to incorporate this concept into teambuilding efforts within your organization. Identify at least two benefits you would hope to derive from this approach. Then, consider this from the perspective of a line-level member of the organization and identify at least two benefits you might perceive from such an approach as well as two problems that you might perceive if no such approach was used. Describe how ethical issues in correctional and law enforcement agency operations can be impacted by teambuilding. Discuss why it is important for leadership to embrace this philosophy.

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