Leadership in Criminal justice
The changing paradigms of administration, communication, and social institutions in the 21st century call for changes across the spectrum in all fields of human life. The field of Criminal Justice, most notably concerned with the justice and corrections system and law enforcement agencies needs to remodel itself to serve the needs of the people of the present times. The paradigms shift in Criminal Justice calls for a movement away from mere administration and management to one where people take up bold leadership positions and lead their organizations rather than merely manage them.
Leadership calls for certain well-defined principles and clear objectives that individuals use and apply in order to create organizations that are efficient and productive and at the same time command respect and trust from the public. The United States Marine Corps is one of the most admired institutions. In order to create a similarly high principled and respected organization, some of the principles of the organization, as enumerate by David H. Freedman, in his book, Corps Business: the 30 Management Principles of the US Marines is extremely instructive.
According to Freedman, “…the Marine Corps is one of the most open-minded, innovative, knowledge oriented and in some ways freewheeling organizations in the world” (xviii) and it continues to be relevant and respected centuries after it was formed. By applying the principles followed by them, as distilled by Freedman in his study of the Marine Corps one can lead the Criminal Justice arena in a similar way and create an organization that fulfills its mandate effectively.
Freedman identifies 30 principles, which he believes lie at the core of the success of the Marine Corps and I believe that some of these principles are aptly suited for the criminal justice organizations too. Among the most important principles of leadership that can be applied in criminal justice is to build a capability based...