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Navigating the Leadership Challenge

POST # 6209-0-997


Dates:                         June 25-26, 2013

Location:                    St. Paul Police Department                          Recommended Hotels

                                    West District Community Room

                                    389 North Hamline Avenue

                                    Saint Paul, MN 55104

Time:                           0800-1700

Instructor:                 Lynda O’Connell and Adam Wojcicki

                                    Virginia Center for Policing Innovation
                                    413 Stuart Circle, Suite 200
                                    Richmond, VA 23220

Post Credits:              16 Hours

Cost:                           $ 0.00  

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The Saint Paul Police Professional Development Institute (PDI) is co-sponsoring a course titled Navigating the Leadership Challenge.

Course Description:

“There comes a time in every man’s life when he is called upon to do something very special; something for which he and only he has the capabilities, has the skills, and has the necessary training.  What a pity if the moment would find him unprepared.” 

                                                                                                             - Sir Winston Churchill

 Navigating the Leadership Challenge (NLC) is not your typical leadership course. As you charge across the battlefield in Gettysburg in 1863, sink an entire naval fleet in 1940, and turn a failing business into a thriving enterprise in a time when the rest of the country is sinking into the Great Depression, you will gain the leadership skills and perspectives you need to navigate your way through your own, current-day leadership challenges.  Navigating these challenges can be daunting, but with the right skills and framework, leaders can prepare for not just the day-to-day challenges associated with being a leader, but also for those moments that demand the most of our leadership abilities.

Are you prepared for those moments?  Are you able to quickly shift your leadership style depending on the situation?  Can you manage meaning in your communications when everyone else is looking to you for direction?  When the obstacles and challenges are stacking up, are you overwhelmed or do you have the skills to turn those obstacles into opportunities?  NLC can prepare you for all of this and more.

Perhaps most importantly, NLC provides leaders with a framework for making decisions in their leadership roles both on a daily basis and in critical events.  Making a difficult decision doesn’t have to leave you second-guessing at two in the morning.  NLC includes a self-directed decision making guideline for the worst critic of your decisions: yourself.

Developing leadership skills is an ongoing learning process.  Navigating the Leadership Challenge is a 2-day course designed to launch life-long learning habits, the perspective necessary to extract leadership lessons from events all around us, and to trigger those applicable and personal “ah-ha” leadership moments in each of us, regardless of formal position or assignment.


Course Agenda:


Day 1 0800-1700

0800-0930: Administrative Module

  • Introductions
  • Logistics
  • Program Overview
  • Self-Assessment Exercise
  • Emerson Assignment Overview


0930-1400 Module 2: The Foundations of the Leadership Continuum

  • Distinguishing between Management and Leadership
  • The Leadership Challenge
    • Acknowledging Leadership Principles

(1200-1300       Lunch break)


  • Evolution vs. Revolution: The Competing Concepts of Leadership Models
    • The Leader and the Leadership Continuum

1400-1700: Module 3: The Situational Leadership Challenge

  • The Leadership Challenge of Circumstances and Courage (Historic Profile)
  • The Principles of Situational Leadership
  • The Practice of Situational Leadership
  • The Situational Leadership Challenge for Law Enforcement


Day 2 0800-1700

0800-0900: Emerson Assignment

0900-1200: Module 4: The Primal Leadership Challenge

  • The Leadership Challenge of Capacity and Confidence (Historic Profile)
  • The Principles of Primal Leadership & Emotional Intelligence
  • The Practice of Primal Leadership & Emotional Intelligence
  • The Primal Leadership and Emotional Intelligence Challenge for Law Enforcement

(1200-1300 Lunch break)

1300-1400: Emerson Assignment

1400-1700: Module 5: The Transformational Leadership Challenge

  • The Leadership Challenge of Insurmountable Odds and Unwavering Vision (Historic Profile)
  • The Principles of Transformational Leadership
  • The Practice of Transformational Leadership
  • The Transformational Leadership Challenge for Law Enforcement
  • Conclusion



Course Instructors: 

Lynda O’Connell
Lynda O’Connell has served as the Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Policing Innovation since 1999. In that time, Lynda transformed VCPI from a fledgling grant program into a sustainable nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization, providing training and other services to public safety agencies and the communities they serve nationwide. Under Lynda’s leadership, VCPI received the Governor’s Excellence in Community Safety Award, trained over 30,000 law enforcement officers and other public safety officials in over 350,000 training hours, and developed dozens of training programs in response to critical issues facing public safety across the United States. Lynda expanded the services of VCPI beyond training to include the coordination and implementation of public safety services such as court security assessments, automated victim notification, and enhancements to the Virginia Sex Offender Registry. Lynda conducts leadership training nationwide and routinely participates in task force and committee activities, addressing such issues as methamphetamines, youth gun violence, court security, and immigration. Lynda has served public safety for thirteen years including service as a patrol officer/county deputy. She has also worked as a clinical program manager for a pharmaceutical research company for several years, gaining skills in program management, administration, and business development. Lynda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in criminal justice, from Radford University and a Master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Lynda holds a Master’s certificate in business management from Tulane University and is a Certified Association Executive with the American Society of Association Executives.

Adam Wojcicki
As Director of Programs, Adam Wojcicki works with staff, organizational partners and contractors in order to ensure the quality and success of VCPI projects. Adam also oversees the development of VCPI program content, curriculum and project related technology initiatives. Adam has over 15 years of law enforcement experience and has been recognized for his work in court security, crime prevention, and critical infrastructure protection. Adam’s professional experience includes patrol, supervisory and administrative level assignments including as a patrol sergeant, accreditation manager, Director of Professional Standards and Staff Assistant to the Chief of Police. Adam is a published author, and has been a valuable asset to VCPI as a subject matter expert for many years. Adam has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in the Administration of Justice, a Graduate Certificate in Public Safety and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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