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Drink, Swear, Steal, and Lie: Leadership in Four Easy Steps


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Publication Date: December 12, 2018

Affiliation: Alfred State College

About the book

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Drink, Swear, Steal, and Lie: Leadership in Four Easy Steps is based on a near forty year career of a Police Chief. This is not a how-to text on becoming a leader (albeit there are encounters with leadership characteristics and styles), but rather an inspiring essential on why one should become a leader. This text was primarily written to satisfy a Leadership course in Criminal Justice Programs. However, it will meet the needs of most leadership/management courses introduced in other curriculums. This text examines maintenance as a key factor for leaders, creating environments conducive to well-ordered organizations, being a risk taker/change agent and empowering others to do the same, and coaching.

Table of Contents
  • Chapter I: Introduction
  • Chapter II: Communications Is The Life Blood Of Any Organization! – It’s Not Just Something, It’s Everything.
  • Chapter III: Leadership Traits – Leadership In Perspective – Competence, Character, And Courage.
  • Chapter IV: Are Leadership Styles Necessary? – How Do These Impact Performance?
  • Chapter V: Leadership Styles – Organizations Reflect The Attitude Of Those That Lead Them!
  • Chapter VI: Decision Making – Decide Enthusiastically!
  • Chapter VII: Case Study – Evaluation.
  • Chapter VIII: Leadership Survival Is Of The Most Prepared, Not Necessarily The Fittest! – Technology, Friend Or Foe?
  • Chapter IX: You Can’t Fix Your People; You Can Only Help Them Grow! – Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crown.
  • Chapter X- How Do I Know If I Have What It Takes? – Am I A Risk Taker Or Innovator?
  • Chapter XI: Capability Is Not Automatic! – Leaders Lead, Even When They Don’t Feel Like It.
  • Chapter XII: Barkley – Manipulation Revisited.
  • Chapter XIII: Epilogue
  • References

Mark Whitman

Dr. Mark Whitman has been a life-long trainer and more recently a professor in Criminal Justice in higher education. An experienced professional with over 28 years’ as a Police Chief, or Police Commissioner in a  near 40 year law enforcement career and 20 years (Full-Time and Adjunct) in higher education, he has served fellow law enforcement professionals in leadership roles as the President of the NYS Association of Chiefs of Police and on the Executive Board of the International Association of Chiefs of Police as the Chair of the State Association of Chiefs of Police. Dr. Whitman, then Chief Whitman served as the Chair of the NYS Municipal Police Training Council during the introduction of the Americans with Disability Act. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict, and was selected as the Field First in his training company. He completed Non-Commissioned Officer training during Basic Training and served his time at the United States Army Retraining Brigade, Ft. Riley, KS, a military work release correctional facility.

Dr. Whitman received numerous training certifications during his long law enforcement career and was a certified police trainer.  His formal education includes:

Capella University, Minneapolis, MN

Ph.D. in Public Safety Leadership (2013) – Graduate with Distinction

Alfred University Alfred, NY

M.P.S. in Community Service Administration (1980)

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

B.A.S. in Social Science (1972)

Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY

Associates Degree in Police Science (1971)

Graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy 165th and Law Enforcement Executive Development 43rd Class.

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