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1 Leadership The Role of the Prosecutor as a Leader By David N. Powell Executive Director Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council

2 Quote “Whatever you are, be a good one.” - Abraham Lincoln

3 Index 1.General Principals of Leadership 2.Prosecutor as a Leader 3.Barriers to Leadership – 7 Deadly Sins 4.Civility in a hostile world 5.Integrity & Ethics – Be the Best Version of You 6.Conclusion – Some final thoughts

4 Quote “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams

5 1. Principals of Leadership Leaders influence others to get things done

6 1. Principals of Leadership Are you a boss or a leader? Power does not make you a leader – it makes you the boss Followers want to be guided by leaders they respect – who have a clear sense of direction Followers observe what leaders do to determine if they are honorable & can be trusted versus serving the leader’s personal interests (Concepts of Leadership -

7 Quote “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. ” - Warren Bennis

8 1. Principals of Leadership To be effective as a leader you must be trustworthy & be able to communicate a vision of where your organization needs to go

9 1. Principals of Leadership 11 Principals of Leadership include: Know yourself & seek self-improvement Be technically proficient Take responsibility for your actions Make sound & timely decisions Set the example Know your staff & look out for their well-being

10 Quote “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

11 1. Principals of Leadership 11 Principals of Leadership (cont): Keep your staff informed Develop a sense of responsibility within the staff Ensure assignments are understood, supervised & accomplished Train as a team Assess and use the full capabilities of your office. (Concepts of Leadership -

12 Quote “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” - Herbert Swope

13 2. Prosecutor as a Leader Independent Judicial State Official (Est. by Art 7, Sec. 16 of the IN Constitution)

14 2. Prosecutor as a Leader You have the Power!

15 2. Prosecutor as a Leader Chief Law Enforcement Officer Employees “At Will” Four Years of Control “Discretion”

16 Quote “You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” - Ken Kesey

17 2. Prosecutor as a Leader Staff Interaction with Non- law enforcement groups Media Relations/Preventive law programs Do you have a Vision for?

18 2. Prosecutor as a Leader Community Short/long term Assessment/Expectations/Goals Do you have a Vision for?

19 2. Prosecutor as a Leader Law Enforcement Agencies Communication/interaction Education/training Do you have a Vision for?

20 Quote “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” - Max Lucado

21 3. Seven Barriers to Leadership Seven (7) Deadly Sins have been used since early Christian times to define human vice or evil thought. Avoid these destructive behaviors as they have been the demise of many leaders. The Seven are: LUST, GLUTTONY, GREED, SLOTH, WRATH, ENVY, & PRIDE.

22 Quote “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” - Andrew Carnegie

23 3. Barriers to Leadership LUST: Intense desire of money, food, fame, power or sex.

24 Quote “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self- esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can do. ” - Sam Walton

25 3. Barriers to Leadership GLUTTONY: Over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste. Selfishness, placing one’s own interests above the well- being or interests of others.

26 Quote “To lead people, walk behind them.” - Lou Tzu

27 3. Barriers to Leadership GREED: Inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs, especially with respect to material wealth.

28 Quote “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” - Jack Welch

29 3. Barriers to Leadership SLOTH: Physical laziness, failure to do things that one should do. Evil exists when good men fail to act.

30 Quote “ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has” - Margaret Mead

31 3. Barriers to Leadership WRATH: Inordinate or uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger. A “love of justice perverted to revenge and spite” - Dante

32 Quote “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position” - Brian Tracy

33 3. Barriers to Leadership ENVY: The envious desire and coveting of another’s traits, status, abilities or rewards.

34 Quote “Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.” - Pete Drucker

35 3. Barriers to Leadership PRIDE: Often considered the most serious sin. Believing you are better than others, failing to recognize others & excessive admiration of self.

36 Quote “The best executive is the one who has the sense to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self- restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” - Theodore Roosevelt

37 4. Civility in a hostile world “You used to be a nice guy before you became Prosecutor” Will the job change you for the worse/better?

38 4. Civility in a hostile world We do have a civility problem in this country 70% of us believe incivility is at the crisis level 81% of use believe it increasing violent behavior 80% believe this will not improve until government leaders act more civilly

39 Quote “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader take people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to go.” - Rosalyn Carter

40 4. Civility in a hostile world Should be care about civility as Prosecutors? Wearing the White hat carries responsibility!

41 4. Civility in a hostile world As Prosecutor do you have a plan to address civility? Staff Public LEA Attorneys/Courts Victims/Witnesses/Defendants County Officials

42 Quote “Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” - Brian Tracy

43 5. Integrity & Ethics What is wrong with people/society? Author Matthew Kelly claims 3 attitudes negatively affect society. HEDONISM – If it feels good do it! MINIMALISM – What is the least I can do and get by? INDIVIDUALISM – What is in it for me?

44 5. Integrity & Ethics He Has A Point!!!!! And we are all Guilty

45 Quote “Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” - Colin Powell

46 5. Integrity & Ethics How do we respond – fix this? SELF-DENIAL is a response to hedonism DISCIPLINE is a response to minimalism SERVICE TO OTHERS is a response to individualism

47 Quote “It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself.” - Latin Proverb

48 5. Integrity & Ethics Are we the best version of ourselves? Do you see a better version? Have you given up? Is your team/family/office the best version of itself?

49 5. Integrity & Ethics Surround yourself with people who make you a better version of you! Does your presence lead others to become better versions of themselves? A lifelong practice / challenge

50 Quote “The supreme quality of leadership is integrity.” - Dwight Eisenhower

51 6. Final Thoughts - Leadership  Prosecutors are important leaders  Barriers to leadership are always present  Practice & demand civility  Demonstrate integrity & ethical behavior  Always pursue the best version of you & your office!  Good luck – you will need it!


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