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Leadership Roles in Police District Management

Rune Glomseth, Petter Gottschalk & Åse Storhaug Hole

The purpose of this paper is to present results from a survey of police managers in Norway on
leadership roles. A questionnaire was developed and administered among a convenience
sample of police managers in two police districts in Norway. Six leadership roles were
defined and measured in terms of their role importance, actual role time, ideal role time, and
role competence. The survey research achieved a response rate of 69 percent. Respondents
emphasized the role of personnel leader where the manager is responsible for supervising,
hiring, training, organizing, coordinating, and motivating a cadre of personnel to achieve the
goals of the organization.

Keywords: Managerial Roles, Survey Research, Personnel Leader, Resource Allocator, Leadership Styles