Purposeful leadership for the future police service

Yarlagadda, Ramya, Bailey, Katie, Zheltoukhova, Ksenia, Shantz, Amanda and Brione, Patrick (2017) Purposeful leadership for the future police service. International Journal of Emergency Services, 6 (3). pp. 200-208. ISSN 2047-0894

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Purpose – This paper examines the prevalence of purposeful and ethical leadership in a UK county police force – referred to by the pseudonym PoliceOrg. It also evaluates the extent to which officers feel their values fit with those of the organisation, and the outcomes achieved by purposeful and ethical leaders.
Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire survey, interviews and focus groups were conducted at PoliceOrg. Findings are compared with those from a public sector case study and with a representative sample of the UK working population.
Findings – Purposeful leaders at PoliceOrg have a positive impact on important outcomes for their direct reports, and provide a sense of direction and guidance to those who do not feel a strong fit between their values and those of their organisation.
Research limitations/implication – The study focuses on a new construct (purposeful leadership) that has not previously been explored in the academic literature. Consequently, our findings cannot be directly compared with those of other studies. The survey focused on the views of police sergeants and constables, and only one police force participated as a case study; hence, the generalisability of the findings is limited.
Practical implication – Police organisations should nurture and sustain workplace environments where leaders can translate their personal moral code and ethical values into their role behaviours to address the policing challenges of the future.
Originality/value – This study elucidates the concept of purposeful leadership in the context of a police force.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Research Centres and Groups: Future of Work Hub
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5549 Personnel management. Employment management
Depositing User: Katie Bailey
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2017 08:12
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 11:50
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70229

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