The Developing Leader Program of the National Command & Staff College is delivered through the “Institute for Credible Leadership Development” (ICLD).  

The program contains a total of 4 modules (ICLD I, II, III and IV).  You may register for each module individually or all modules at a discounted rate. Completion of each module (if enrolled separately) will lead to a certificate of completion for that module through the Institute for Credible Leadership Development.

To secure  “The Developing Leader” certification, you are required to complete all 4 modules (ICLD I, II, III and IV). The certificates will be awarded through the Institute for Credible Leadership Development and the National Sheriffs’ Association.  The graduates will also be nationally certified as a 4-Star Credible Leader through the “Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development“.

ICLD I is the first leg of an educational journey designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to leadership, ethics, character, supervision, communication and self-development for the Developing Leader.  It is based on the principle that all law enforcement professionals must lead within their scope of responsibility and must be given the tools to understand what oie_transparent (1)leadership looks like, feels like and sounds like.  It is designed to fill the void of leadership training which traditionally exists between entry level and mid-level supervision. The program stresses the importance of understanding the true definition of policing and how participant’s actions and their organizational mission must align with that definition. 

This curriculum introduces participants to the expectations and responsibilities of first-line and mid-level supervisors and the concept of “Leading Down and Managing Up”, through a detailed summary of two best-selling books..  It takes a comprehensive look at leadership and ethics, identifying the most common ethical dilemmas in law enforcement and how they destroy public trust and individual careers.

As with all Credible Leadership Phases, ICLD I faculty and video lectures by select instructors are proven experts in the field of leadership and Law Enforcement who understand the importance of every employee’s role within an organization and how to influence all for positive organizational growth.

Required Textbooks:  2 Textbooks 

After the successful completion of this course the participants should:

  • Understand the definition of Policing, Coactive Policing, Reactive Policing and Proactive Policing.
  • Understand the difference between Mission and Vision and how to develop both in a manner which addresses operational and humanitarian concerns.
  • Identify the Most Common Ethical Dilemmas in LE and how they affect individuals and the organization.
  • Understand how Change affects Leadership within LE Organizations.
  • Understand the definition of Leadership and which Leadership Principles have a positive effect on organizations.

ICLD II is the second leg of your comprehensive journey through leadership education. This course is designed to build on the curriculum of ICLD I and raise participants level of organizational thought and team-building by focusing on theories and practices of organizational leaders from both private and public sectors who have made monumental changes within their organizations.

Your faculty and video segments from select instructors in ICLD II illustrate several exemplary examples of organizational leadership success and introduce participants to methods and rationale behind these highly successful best practices.  This course of instruction features segments from leadership giants John Maxwell, Tony Robbins, Howard Schultz, Jeff Canter, Sheriff Ray Nash, General Stanley Mc Chrystal and many more.  The curriculum includes summaries of three best-selling books in leadership. 

Practices from experts in the field of leadership are infused within the ICLD II
curriculum to enhance their relevance to law enforcement practices and organizational procedures.  This combination gives rise to modules on Generations, Human Capital Management, Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Management, Proactive Communication, Cultural Sensitivity, Action-Centered Leadership, Legacy Leadership and Reflective Leadership.

Required Textbooks:  3 Textbooks 

After the successful completion of this course the participants should:

  • Understand the various motivators that influence employees from different Generations.
  • Be able to discuss the importance of Self-awareness as it relate to leadership and influence.
  • Be able to describe the four (4) Conflict Management Maxims.
  • Be able to define Stereotyping, Biases, Prejudice and Discrimination.
  • Describe the Components of Legacy Leadership.

ICLD III builds on ICLD I & II by addressing the balance of humanistic and tactical approaches to law enforcement leadership.

ICLD III focuses on understanding the human factors of police leadership and how if used effectively, it can change the internal culture and external perception of an organization.   ICLD III is steeped in emotional intelligence and self-realism, containing modules featuring Advanced Emotional Intelligence, Human Factors in Policing, Adaptive Leadership, Authentic Leadership, Servant Leadership, Credible Leadership, Toxic Leadership, Community Leadership, Tactical Leadership and the Moral Compasshutterstock_260343365s for Law Enforcement Professionals.  Each of these modules are designed to make students take an introspective look at how they apply leadership practices both internally and externally.

As with ICLD I & II, ICLD III contains segments from experts in the field of organizational leadership that reinforces the curriculum.  This Phase will tie the previous two Phases together and prepare students for the practical applications involved in ICLD III.

Required Textbooks:  2 Textbooks 

After the successful completion of this course you should:

  • Be able to identify the 5 Marks of Authentic Leadership.
  • Be able to identify the 3 Human Factors with the greatest influence on improving safety.
  • Know how to create a strategy to increase your Leadership Credibility.
  • Be able to identify symptoms of Toxic Leadership.
  • Be able to define Cynicism and its effect on Law Enforcement.

ICLD IV is your opportunity to understand and perform the complex knowledge, skills and tasks that exemplary leaders perform.

The content of ICLD IV was researched and field tested for over a period of more than 30 years in university and justice and public safety environments including police, corrections, customs, immigration, homeland security and private security.  It is based on the breakthrough Law Enforcement transformation textbook.  The course was filmed at LAPD and piloted in collaboration with Deputy Chief Mark Perez and his Team of Leaders at the Los Angeles Police Department.  This highly competent team was carefully selected to be able demonstrate the skills involved of Credible Leadership throughout the course.

The breakthrough of this course is that officers are now able take self-responsibility for mastering the 60 Skills that enable them to perform the 40 Tasks and Responsibilities that research has revealed are critical for leadership success in justice and public safety.  Never before has professional leadership been so well-defined and distilled so that it is easily and quickly learned.  The course is a research-based, online, performance enhancement learning process that equips leaders to express more empathic caring, be more ethically conscious, and more capable of developing themselves, other leaders, teams and organizations.

Required Textbook:  1 Textbook 

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Why Justice and Public Safety Supervisors and Managers
Would Be Wise To Complete Phase IV Before Phases I, II and III

Graduates of this phase become:

  • More effective self-managers.
  • More creative and innovative problem-solvers, facilitators, and decision-makers.
  • More effective change agents for team building and organization development
  • More competent supervisors, coaches and mentors.
  • Faster at transferring learning to the job.
  • More effective at managing ambiguity without over-reacting.