The impact of a supportive leadership program in a policing organisation from the participants' perspective

Muller, Juanita, MacLean, Rowena and Biggs, Herbert (2009) The impact of a supportive leadership program in a policing organisation from the participants' perspective. Work, 32 1: 69-79. doi:10.3233/WOR-2009-0817


Author Muller, Juanita
MacLean, Rowena
Biggs, Herbert
Title The impact of a supportive leadership program in a policing organisation from the participants' perspective
Journal name Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1051-9815
1875-9270
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3233/WOR-2009-0817
Open Access Status
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 69
End page 79
Total pages 11
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherland
Publisher I O S Press
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
2742 Rehabilitation
Abstract Aim: The aim of this study is to explore the implementation of an organisational level intervention, focussing on Supportive Leadership (SL), in an Australian police organisation from the perspective of supervisors and managers. Design: The impact of the intervention was explored using a qualitative methodology using semi-structured telephone interviews with 44 participants who had attended the Supportive Leadership Workshop, designed to improve awareness of good management practices. Data was subjected to thematic analysis using a social constructivist theoretical orientation. Findings: Findings showed that SL as a concept was generally accepted by a majority of participants and that they had integrated a number of SL strategies into their work practices. The participants also identified the importance of senior personnel role-modelling SL and the negative impact of non-role modelling. Research limitations and implications: The major limitation of the study was the non-random sample of voluntary participants. However, the nature of conducting applied studies in police organisations is inherently difficult due to confidentiality and their paramilitary nature. This study highlights the need for future studies in police leadership and occupational stress that directly explore issues from the perspective of the supervisors and managers. Practical implications: Interventions such as SL need support and role modelling from senior management to enhance their credibility. Original value: This paper reports on an applied intervention that received major support and funding within a police organisation. It is of value to other organizations considering similar interventions because it highlights issues that could be addressed to further enhance the program.
Keyword Climate and management
Culture
Organisational level intervention
Police
Supportive leadership
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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