What IPSLEI Students Are Saying!
To better understand IPSLEI and how we have made an impact to the public safety community, we have reached out to some of our students and facilitators to give a testimonial to how their experience with IPSLEI has made a contribution to their new found leadership skills.
IPSLEI provides a great learning atmosphere that provides a new skill set to the leadership development of those who seek to advance in their career field and to push their self to new heights in how they interact with their peers as a leader. Through this program students are able to find what type of leader they want to be and how to be the best that they can be.
"Communication In Leadership"
Devin Lewis, Sergeant
-Bend , Oregon PD
The facilitation style of IPSLEI helped develop my skills as a leader as it helped teach me the importance of “servant style” leadership in law enforcement. It also helped me become a better communicator with peers, subordinates and supervisors. I believe this improved communication, helped improve my skills as a supervisor and a leader and I have seen success with improved relationships with the people I work with. I have recommended this class to several others here at Bend PD and have seen the results with them as well.
"Skills In Leadership"
Parrish Van Wer
-Oregon Department of Correction
I consider IPSLEI the most progressive and enlightening leadership development course for public safety professionals out there. The curriculum is balanced across a wide spectrum of leadership styles and field tested techniques. This course has broadened and sharpened my skill set which in turn has positively impacted not only my career but my personal life as well. I would highly recommend IPSLEI be added to any organizations succession planning or skill enhancement strategy.
"New Ways of Thinking!"
-Prince William County Government - Virginia
I was listening to the radio this morning and the discussion surrounding Lance Armstrong’s performance enhancing drug use. The discussion turned to his Live Strong Organization and the $475 million dollars the organization has raised for cancer research. There was a lively debate between the Co-hosts regarding the ethics surrounding the issue. One host said that people will forgive his lies, transgressions, bullying, etc. due to the fact he has helped raise money and save lives. The other host disagreed and stated that his efforts were all born out of lies and deceit. If contributors had known he was a liar and had hurt people, they may not have given to his cause. Interesting ethical dilemma…do the ends justify the means?
Do you see what IPSLEI has done to me…I can’t even listen to a radio show or watch a movie without thinking about some aspect of the IPSLEI curriculum. I think this speaks volumes about the lessons we learned in the course.
Kim Menjou, Supervisor
-Lane County Parole & Probation, Oregon
IPSLEI is not only career-changing, but life-changing. It provides the students with a comprehensive exploration of their own approach to leadership, and cultivates a clear understanding of who they are as individual leaders in the public safety profession. The manner in which the course is conducted, through facilitated learning, dialogue, readings and case studies, is very effective in gaining this understanding. IPSLEI and the choices it has illuminated for me as a leader is present in my mind every day, and helps me be very deliberate in how I approach any given employee or situation. Without hesitation, I would highly encourage anyone considering or presently in a leadership position to participate.
"I am very proud to be an IPSLEI grad!"
Debbie Avis, PMP
-Business Applications Systems Division Chief Prince William County Government - Virginia
I returned to Prince William County government as the Web Systems Support Services manager in the Office of Information Technology in 2009 after a brief move to West Virginia. Immediately, I was reminded of how much I love working with the County government and soon loved working for the citizens. I wanted more than ever to provide the best possible services to the County working through a team of six web developers.
However, I did not project a vision. Looking back, I am sure I did not know my vision. From the moment my participation in IPSLEI began, my vision starting taking shape. I learned to examine my own personality and style of leadership, not because of selfishness but to learn about my own motivations and baseline ideas (because I am blue!), as well as why others react to situations and my actions. Then, I began collecting a set of tools that could be harnessed to inspire, communicate, and manage more effectively. While I initially considered myself a flexible manager, I soon learned that I was “stuck” in one management style (S3) while my team needed much more from D2 to D4).