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Rising Through the Ranks: Leadership Tools and Techniques for Law Enforcement Hardcover – September 9, 2008

4.4 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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About the Author

Mike Wynn is the Chief of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Police Department. A former Leadership Fellow at the Drug Enforcement Agency, Wynn also teaches leadership at Roger Williams University and Babson College. He hosts seminars on law enforcement leadership at agencies, colleges, and universities throughout North America.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427797900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427797902
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,363,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm an avid reader, and a police captain, and throughly enjoyed this masterfully written book by Chief Wynn. It's not written as a textbook to be used in some community college criminal justice class - it's a pragmatic work crafted for those real life cops privileged & entrusted with the to lead within their agency. If you believe in remembering where you came from & taking the hard right over the easy wrong, Chief Wynn is a kindred spirit. Having read a multitude of books on leadership written for business & military leaders, it was a welcome reprieve to find such a well-written book specifically for law enforcement.
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I purchased this book while going through the process for a promotion to sergeant in my agency. I passed the written, the essay, then the oral interview, and found myself in the top 10 of 80+ candidates. In my opinion, this book was a contributing factor to my success (not that I wouldn't have passed without it, but this book gave me great insight into the mind of a leader and how to become a successful supervisor). This book also lead me to purchase five (5) additional books on leadership, as they were referred to and described by the author as being very helpful in his ultimate success.

This is a great book with great first-hand accounts, it's an easy and pleasurable read.
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By Phil on September 5, 2011
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Shipping was quick and item was just as described. Excellent seller with good product.
The book is a great read and highly informative. A lot of it seems like common sense, but the author really just relays personal experience and things learned along the way. There have been a few statements that have really stuck with me on the job and struck a personal level.
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Rising Through the Ranks is an easy, enjoyable read. Mike Wynn's outlook on leadership tools and techniques for law enforcement gives those with a background in law enforcement practical application examples throughout. The various techniques Wynn discusses provide comprehensive examples for each concept. Although the book revolves around law enforcement careers the insightful read can apply to any profession and even day-to-day personal interactions.

As a college student studying Administration of Justice I truly appreciate this writing style approach of teaching through the eyes of a learned experience. Wynn not only provides a framework for Leadership, he describes the importance of followership and touches on several other aspects of leadership including personal development, vision, risk, conflict, change and creative thinking. Wynn describes the key quality to being a leader as one who does the right thing because it's the right thing to do and provides common qualities that a true leader must possess to be an effective leader and respected as such. Qualities of a leader as presented range from being competent, confident, ethical, communicative, and even caring, emphasizing the importance of managing from the heart and showing compassion for your troops.

The most beneficial technique learned through this reading is described as the "good bag/bad bag" technique. Wynn shares a learned technique of taking both good and bad qualities learned through personal experiences, literature, seminars, etc. and dumping them into a "good bag" or a "bad bag." This idea essentially provides a tool for leaders to use to avoid being overwhelmed with thousands of leadership techniques being described as the "ticket" to good leadership.
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Very good book, I am currently Deployed in Iraq and this books has helped me with leadership problems and solutions here which I know will help when I get out and pursue a career in law enforcement. The seller has very fast shipping and received the book in excellent condition.
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I enjoyed this book. It's interesting and easy reading.
Mike Winn does a great job getting the point across. Do the right
thing because it's the right thing to do.
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