Managementand Supervision in Criminal Justice

Decision-makingas a primary responsibility of supervision

&quotTheonly thing that could be worse than a wrong decision is no decisionat all.&quotThe statement implies that the consequences of being indecisive aregrimmer than those from a bad decision. Most people fail to make thebest out of life because of lack of decisiveness. The power thatdecisions come with is incontrovertible, and Indecision is totallyincapacitating. A supervisor who fails to make decisions is seen as ahesitant, timid person and a &quotblind follower&quot who when hisdecision-making abilities are put to the test, awaits theavailability of more information. Such supervisors relayunobjectionable information and play safe.

Havingan indecisive director is the most toxic aspect of an organization.Such leadership means unhappy employees which in turn means anunderproductive organization. It might cause a company derailment ifthe matter is not handled in time. Because leaders become indecisivefor so many reasons, affected employees or even co-supervisors candecide to enable them to overcome the weakness rather than waiting onthem to make the call. Involving the supervisor who is indecisive inthe definition of the problem is one way to avoid the paralysis thatcomes with indecision. Asking many questions is an accurate way ofmaking them aware of the problem and the process of making thedecision will be more comfortable.

Thefive bits of intelligence


Thisis the first one that entails knowledge of the world. A person can betermed as a high intellect if they seek knowledge, and grasp it. Tobe able to see objectively through problems, leaders need to be ofrational thought, possess technical skill, and have minds that aredata-driven. Effective leaders share their expertise after acquiringknowledge for overall prosperity. This is achieved by their attentionto detail, posing critical questions and seeking answers to thequestions, they share their intuitions with others in the process ofteaching them. With such expertise, the leader can act as a mentor aswell as a coach.


Thiskind of intelligence enriches intellectual intelligence throughreactions that develop emotionally thus making it deeper. Leaders whoshow emotional intelligence value and care about people. They areinclined to forming well-based relationships that are supportive innature. Such leaders don`t only value job results they value how thejob is done too. They have their emotions as well as those of theircoworkers in control. Their social skills are exemplary. Excellentcommunication, good listening skills, networking and being teamplayers are some of the traits they portray. Helping and empoweringothers to the best of their ability is their call offeringleadership and service at the same time.


Thisintelligence defines a leader who can visualize the attainment of thehighest goals abound. With this kind of intelligence, assimilatingintellectual and emotional imprints for the discernment ofsignificant perceptions and formation of a solid understanding can bemade with ease. Creative and strategic thinking is a trait possessedby leaders with intuitive intelligence, and it benefits them in thesense that they can look at opportunities with a sense of clarity.Their purpose is clear and their vision intact. They are in a greatposition to foster commitment and inspire aspirations.


Possessingthis kind of intelligence implies that a leader can easily get thingsdone as they are result and task oriented. They are the risk-takingkind of leaders. They challenge the process and take up trials intheir attempt to make things happen. It is also important to notethat they align their words with their deeds by walking their talk.They are models of perfection as they lead by example.


Spiritualitylies with consciousness. From its seat originates the impulse tolearn and grow to the realization of ultimate potential. Leaders withspiritual intelligence are aware of who they are and their capacityto serve. Their desire to learn is constant, and their personaldevelopment is their responsibility. Such leaders maintain a sensecandidness, openness, and humility in their strife for growth anddevelopment. Optimism is their driving force, and they are always asource of empowerment. They have a clear and calm approach tosituations making most of their problems workable. They are agile,and they quickly adapt to constantly fluctuating conditions.

Teneffects of values

Themain consequences of the values on people include:

Individualismis instilled in people. This is a philosophy that advocates for oneto be self-reliant when faced with peril. With individualism,individual expression and privacy are valued highly. Every person isbelieved to be special, and there is emphasis placed on individualinitiative. The value of Materialism stresses the right to becomfortable physically and well off. Material possessions put aperson in a particular social class, and they can as well be judgedby what they own. With the values, comes equality. It is an informalway of life that makes the people open to equal treatment. People candirectly relate to each other as there`s minimal hierarchy.

Scienceand technology put a fair value on the use of scientific approachesto solving societal and environmental concerns. Primarily, it is ananswer to many problems, and its constant evolution is an aptitudefor a better future. The value of work and leisure has impactedpeople in the sense that work forms the basis of social status andpower. Society hardly rewards idleness, and one gets relaxation as areward for working hard. Progress and change have also affectedpeople as a value. Destiny can be defined by how much one is willingto make changes both to self and to the country in general. Itcreates optimism in most minds with the belief that everything ispossible. Competition brings about aggression in a society whereeveryone struggle to be the best. The mentality that every creativemind has to become the best leads to creativity and innovation invarious fields, apparently making the world a better place.

Philanthropy,an admired trait, is encouraged by the value of volunteerism. It ishowever expected to be a personal decision to help others and not anexpectation from the community. With such values, people canassociate with each other more broadly and not just by kin-groups.For mobility, any form of movement is allowed. It cuts throughphysical mobility, to vertical mobility, which entails economic orsocial movement. The action and achievement oriented value emphasizeon the tendency to get things done. People can plan and set goalsboth in business and in social matters. It presses for morepracticality and evaluation of results. With the value in mind,people are in a position to function appropriately with pragmatism.

Ofthe ten things that values do to us, the ones influenced most by ourpersonal values include, the aspect of being voluntary, equality, wecan decide on the way to treat people, individualism, competition,the idea of change and progress, as well as work. The rest don`t relymuch on our personal values, and that includes, the tendency to getthings done, mobility, science and technology, and materialism.


Whisenand,P. M., &amp McCain, E. D. (2015). Supervising police personnel:Strengths-based leadership (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ:Prentice Hal