Published May 08, 2019
In today’s complex world of crime, violence and stress, law enforcement officers are ever more exposed to toxic situations that may adversely affect their bodies and minds, their relationships with their colleagues, and their job performance. Law enforcement is constantly faced with situations in which they are required to use their best judgment on behalf of others. While typical law enforcement training has focused on the mental and physical development of officers, recent studies around the world suggest that implementing multi-dimensional training can proactively address negative effects of stress, improve the personal safety of officers, and create a committed working environment.
So, how can you foster your own wellness and positively influence your agency’s performance? You can develop and improve your emotional intelligence (EI). Emotional intelligence can be described as the ability to identify and manage your own emotions as well as the emotions of others, and to use emotional information to guide your own behavior and influence the behaviors of others. EI can inform your decision making and performance in any profession, not just law enforcement, and can make you a more effective leader.
Here are a few ways that you can start to develop your Emotional Intelligence through practice and intentional change:
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Turner, Timothy. “Leadership Spotlight: The Need for Emotional Intelligence in Leadership," FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, September 2006.