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Jon Thompson
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I think the most common and persistent leadership problem over recent years is a lack of moral courage. This can manifest itself at every rank in our profession, but I’m thinking specifically of command level positions. Whether it is a refusal to make a hard decision and instead pass on judging subordinates and even colleagues, or if it involves not publicly defending staff when they have made the right decisions (this can still be done in a general sense even at the outset of a situation, such as at an OIS scene). The lack of moral courage leads to a lack of trust in and of the leader, from his followers to the community that is being under-served.