NTOA Forums Tactical Leadership General Leadership Do You Have to hold a Title to Take a Leadership Position? Reply To: Do You Have to hold a Title to Take a Leadership Position?

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Josh McDonald
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No, you do not have to have a formal leadership position to take a leadership role. Some of the most effective leaders are team members who are informal leaders. They have earned their position with their knowledge, skills, abilities and dedication to the goals of the team. These informal leaders are best at directing a team’s culture, values and work ethic. Informal leaders fill a very important role, especially when there is a transition of formal leaders (a new sergeant or lieutenant). It is also important to understand when informal leadership is not appropriate. There are times when formal discipline is required. This should always be done with a formal leader. The formal leader should also recognize the value of the informal leader but understand the responsibility of the department and the officers always rests with the formal leader.