Obedience, loyalty and seniority may mean something entirely different to Gen Y. Those now in leadership positions can either chafe at the differences, or use the tenets of Emotional Intelligence to meet the needs and desires of this youngest generation. During Sheriff Baca's speech, he used several demonstrated EI leadership styles to emotionally connect with his new deputies and their families: * Visionary: self-confidence; change catalyst; mobilize others to follow a vision * Democratic: team leadership; communication; build commitment through participation * Coaching: emotional self-awareness; builds strengths for the future The Sheriff was fully aware that the young officers he was addressing were not of his generation, but a unique generation. Providing the tools for the Y Generation employee's success in the organization will help ensure additional interest and careers in law enforcement by creating a working environment where mentors (coaching) are honest and clear, stating what specific behaviors are expected and why they are good or bad.
Leading the Next Generation of Law Enforcement Through Emotional Intelligence
THEY'RE HERE! The face of law enforcement is going to change and be quite different than what we know today. This will be largely due to the influx of the "Y Generation". What does this mean for the profession of law enforcement, which is a traditionally administered in a para-military manner? Policing usually defers decisionmaking to those of higher rank in a top-down management style. Given the norms and perspectives of those now entering our agencies, the "usual" way may no longer be enough.Obedience, loyalty and seniority may mean something entirely different to Gen Y. Those now in leadership positions can either chafe at the differences, or use the tenets of Emotional Intelligence to meet the needs and desires of this youngest generation. Leadership through Emotional Intelligence 'EI' will be what matters; open communication, teamwork and input from each member of the team may become the hallmark of those organizations that will succeed in the coming decade.Generation YThose entering our workforce are substantially different than those now in charge. Baby Boomers, those born 1946 to 1964, are generally characterized by long work hours, sacrificing family time, and tending to stay with one compan...