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IACP 2015: Leading the Way

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This is part five of a five-part series highlighting what TASER's thought leaders are most looking forward to at IACP. In this post, TASER's President Luke Larson shares his thoughts on upcoming IACP sessions.

The Taser Tradition

At TASER, we've always been about leading. Becoming the industry leader in life-saving weapons and body-worn cameras required a lot of work, perseverance, and some failures. But above all, we needed to love what we do. After all, we're working for community leaders who love what they do, even as they put their lives on the line each day. Leading means taking some risks for what you love doing.

Leading the Way at IACP

That's why I am looking forward to the IACP sessions that cover leadership skills. Real leaders are always willing to learn and to challenge themselves. Sunday morning's panel “Leadership in Police Organizations: A Necessary Investment for Developing Your Leaders and Influencing the Organizational Culture” and Tuesday morning's session “New and Aspiring Executives: Tools and Trade Secrets for Getting the Job and Succeeding” should offer participants practical tips on how to lead their organizations.
Above all, leadership means setting the tone for your organization by promoting positivity and using yourself as an example for all to see — and to emulate. That inevitably means taking your losses in stride. (They will happen. Believe me.)

But before I get too philosophical, let's have some fun at IACP. Leaders need to let loose too.

I look forward to seeing you at the show.