Movie: Crimson Tide

Question #1
Throughout the movie, Captain Ramsey sizes up and tests his executive officer in a variety of
ways. Provide at least one example of this. As a leader, would you go about testing a new
subordinate as the Captain does? Why or why not?
Question #2
Consider the missile drill Captain Ramsey runs right after the fire is extinguished. Listen to the
Captain’s rationale for running the drill at that time. After considering what he says, do you
think you would have run the drill at that time? Why or why not? Do you think he may have
been testing his new executive officer?
Question #3
After watching the film, we know how it comes out in the end. However, often leaders do not
have the luxury of such information while making decisions in dynamic situations. Assuming
you did not know how it would come out, do you think if you were the captain that you would
have launched the missiles, or continued trying to establish radio communication to confirm the
original order? Would the unprovoked attack by the Russian submarine influence your decision
one way or another?
Assignment: Forum Questions: View the video Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (7 minutes).
Question #1
Identify one core level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Define this level, then describe how
this need may be relevant to Law Enforcement/Corrections in a real-life scenario. You may also
wish to discuss the core level prior to the one that you select, and describe how the transition
could have taken place.
Question #2
Respond by characterizing one or more criticisms of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. This may be
gleaned from the video, another scholarly source, or your professional experiences. Articulate
why this may not work in law enforcement or corrections; please support your response.
Question #3
Describe some examples of how Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs may be used to motivate our
employees in Law Enforcement/Corrections. Feel free to provide real life examples, without
mentioning specific names of those involved.

week 3:
Assignment: Read the handout booklet, Command Leadership by Keith D. Bushey. Reflect
extensively on what Mr. Bushey says about leadership, and compare his perspectives with your
own experiences. Question # 1
Can you identify good leaders you’ve worked with that led in the ways described? Please share
your experiences.
Question # 2
Can you identify poor leaders you’ve worked with that did not adhere to the advice given?
Please share your experiences without naming names.
Question # 3
Identify certain bullet points in the document that particularly resonate with you. Why do
those points strike you so powerfully? Is it because of either good or bad experiences you’ve
had with leaders?

week 4:
Question #1
Visualize a leader you’ve worked with that you really admired. How did they lead in relation to
what is depicted in the model, and described in the Power Point? In what areas did they excel?
Were there areas in which they were deficient, even though they were a good leader in general?
Question #2
How do you feel you stack up in regard to the model? In what areas are you strong? In what
areas do you need improvement?
Question #3
Imagine you were given a framework model like The Call to Lead, but without any content.
What parts of the current model would you be sure to keep? What characteristic/traits/content
would you add based upon your own experiences with leadership and followership?
Assignment: Forum Questions: View the video Herzberg Two-Factor Theory (7-minutes)
Question 1
Differentiate between “motivators” and “hygiene” factors. Then select one of these that you
professionally feel is more relevant to the law enforcement/corrections field. Describe how
either the “motivators” or “hygiene” factors could be applied to our profession. As a class, try to
discuss each of them, and not just stick with one or the other. There is no right or wrong answer
here, especially due to the many generations currently working in our profession.
Question 2
Define how you perceive Herzberg’s Two-Factor Theory; particularly how this can be applied to
the Law Enforcement/Corrections profession. Remember, the specific culture of these
disciplines vary from traditional business management, as well as the uniqueness of our
Question 3
What are some examples that could impact the hygiene factors demotivating our personnel?

week 5:
movie invictus 2009
Question #1
Humility has been identified in academic literature as a key characteristic for effective leaders.
Describe moments in the film where the Mandela character displays humility, and examine the
effect it has on his followers. Why do you think humility might be so important in a leadership
Question #2
Little things can mean a lot to people, particularly in regard to high-level leaders. What are some
of the small personal gestures Mandela engages in throughout the movie? Why might such
seemingly small gestures have such influence with followers?
Question #3
Describe moments where Mandela inspires through leading by example. Why is this such a
powerful approach? Can you cite instances where you have led by example?
Assignment: Forum Questions-View the video Douglas McGregor’s Theory X and Theory Y
(7 minutes)
Question 1
McGregor’s Theory discusses management from the earliest process driven periods (Theory X)
through modern, more behavior driven stages, such as are relevant to contemporary criminal
justice management (Theory Y). Working in a paramilitary environment (law
enforcement/corrections), respond by providing one or more examples of how McGregor’s
Theory X or Theory Y can assist with motivating employees.
Question 2
Select one of the attributes of Theory Y management, and explain how this particular attribute is
relevant to police and corrections work.
Question 3
Explain the similarities between McGregor’s Theory Y, and the top three core levels of
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

week 6:
movie Lean on me 1989
Question #1
In an overall sense, what do you make of Principal Joe Clark’s unorthodox leadership methods?
Are they perhaps more justified because of the extraordinary conditions he faces at the school,
and the tight timeline he is working under?
Question #2
Compare and contrast the leadership approach Clark uses in the first assembly where he removed
the incorrigible students, with the second assembly where he is attempting to motivate the
students to excel in the upcoming state testing. What was he attempting to accomplish in the
first assembly, versus what he was trying to achieve in the second assembly?
Question #3
Reflect on the major confrontations Clark has first with the music teacher, and then with the
Vice-Principal. Can the harshness of his style be justified, even under the extreme conditions?
If you were in his position, would you have handled those encounters as he did or differently?

week seven:
use of force
For supervisors, describe your approach to handling use of force issues by
your officers in today’s turbulent times. How has this changed over the
years? For line-level officers, what are your key concerns with using force in
the current environment?
Question #2
From a leadership standpoint, what are you looking for from your chief,
command-level officers, and supervisors during a use of force incident or
immediately thereafter? What do you expect from them as the investigation
into the use of force is conducted and is finally concluded?
Question #3
Do you feel that a use of force investigation should differ by the type of force
used? If so how? Why/Why not?

week eight:
movie a few good men 1982
What type of leadership styles can you identify during the movie? Give
examples and specific characters. Are they effective?
Question #2
Was Col. Nathan Jessup an effective leader? Describe his management style
and explain if that type of a leader would be effective in today’s law
enforcement community.
Question #3
We have already discussed ethical leadership in the class. After watching the
movie, what ethical leadership issues does Lt. Daniel Kaffee face and, in your
opinion, does he display good management and leadership skills? Explain
your answer.

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