Leader Armor: Leadership for the Law Enforcement First-line Supervisor by Edward Pallas
Are you a sworn or civilian law enforcement supervisor? Are you considering becoming a first-line supervisor? Are you interested in becoming a better leader? If so, this is the book to read.
You have spent some time learning all the skills it takes to be a good cop, deputy, agent, or civilian member of a law enforcement agency. You’ve proven yourself on the front lines. You relied on tools such as protective instruments, defensive tactics, handcuffs, firearms, and your experience. In short, you’ve been a Superhero. To successfully transition from Superhero to Supervisor requires a new set of tools and skills; soft skills.
As a supervisor, you are expected to know how to motivate the superheroes you lead, rate their performance, reward them when they do an outstanding job, and hold them accountable when they screw up. You also have a boss to report to, who will hold you responsible for doing all those things. After reading this book, you will be equipped with a new set of tools. Think about it as an entry-level academy for supervisors. If you follow the guidelines and lessons inside this book, you will not only be a successful supervisor; you will be a confident leader that others look up to and respect.
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Captain Edward Pallas has been a police officer with the Montgomery County Department of Police (MCP), in Maryland, for 25 years. He is currently the Director of the Major Crimes Division. Former MCP executive-level assignments include Director of Policy & Planning, Health & Wellness, Compliance Divisions; Director of the Training and Education Division; and Director of the Legal & Labor Division. Captain Pallas is also a member of his department’s Emergency Response Team, where he has served as a Conflict/Hostage negotiator for the last 18 years.
Captain Pallas earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1992. In May of 2011, he earned his Master of Science in Management from Johns Hopkins University, specializing in applied behavioral science. In 2016 he graduated from Wilmington University with a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Innovation. His thesis titled, The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence, Transformational Leadership Style, and Effectiveness among Police Supervisors, is published with ProQuest.
Ed is a certified Executive Coach through the Center for Executive Coaching. He is also a speaker, trainer, and coach for the John Maxwell Team, a certified Human Behavior Consultant with Personality Insights Inc., and a certified International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Master Instructor in the Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) program.
Dr. Pallas has been privileged to teach thousands of law enforcement and private-sector professionals from the United States, Canada, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Armenia. Dr. Pallas is skilled in the Socratic Method. He strives to keep his students engaged and eager to learn. His teaching experience includes many other courses he developed and taught to government agencies and academic institutions. He has taught leadership, communication, and psychology courses at the undergraduate and doctoral levels.
Being married with three beautiful daughters keeps him busy, but Ed does publish the occasional article in Police Chief Magazine and PoliceOne.com. Recent articles include, “Gettysburg Battlefield – Teaching Contemporary Leadership” and “Research in Brief, Leadership in Law Enforcement.” While not engaged in leadership learning or training Ed strives to be an average Crossfitter and to keep up with his wife and 18-year old daughter, both of whom are fierce Crossfit competitors.