Management of Team Leadership in Extreme Context

Defending Our Homeland, Protecting Our First Responders

Edited by:
George B. Graen, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (retired)
Joan A. Graen, Graen and Associates

A volume in the series: LMX Leadership: The Series. Editor(s): George B. Graen, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (retired).

Published 2013

The proper balance of managerial “administrative-control” and managerial “team-leadership” depends upon the work context. After organizational procedures are designed by work-process engineers, managers and their directreports in the business units, are charged to “save our ship” (SOS) by their employers. Their ships, their business units, often were built for calm seas. Unfortunately, turbulent seas may happen unexpectedly and stress their ships and crews. Under extreme conditions, the sea may put their ships squarely in “harm’s way”. If they are not well prepared, their chances of survival are few and none. This book is about managing and being managed under conditions of “extreme contexts” where only the “special teams” survive and prosper.

Acknowledgements. Foreword. Preface. 1 First Responders in Action, Paul J. Breaux and Charles A. Scherbaum. 2 Expert Advice From Those Who Serve, George Graen. 3 A Breakdown in Team Leadership, Amy Fraher. 4 Police Officers in Danger, Mark D. Bowman. 5 Mateship: In Harm’s Way, Kelly L. Fisher. 6 When Mistakes Almost Become Disasters, Benjamin E. Baran, Cliff W. Scott, and Daniel L. Bonilla. 7 Posttraumatic Growth, Richard G. Tedeschi. 8 The U.S. Air Force Approach, Robert J. Jackson, Douglas R. Lindsay, and Joseph E. Sanders. 9 Military Understanding of Teams, Michael Rumsey. 10 Transitions in Action Teams, Mary J. Waller and Sjir Uitdewilligen. 11 Using the Advice, George Graen. Appendix.

"As the Personal Security Officer to Generals David Petraeus and John Allen in Iraq and Afghanistan and 28 years in state and federal law enforcement, I have seen up close and personal what having proper training and leadership means under the most stressful and perilous scenarios. Never in our history has the battle space of, not only the soldier, but also the first responders at home, been so dangerous as it is today. Dr. Graen has recognized the greatest asset we can offer to our hero's at home and abroad is the proper advanced training, equipment, and technology to be prepared to face the challenges presented by the post 9/11 world. A must read for the professional soldier, public safety leader, and grateful American everyday citizen that appreciates the blanket of safety provided by those who chose to become something greater than themselves." CW4 Mark A. Howell U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command