Competencies for Jail Leaders

What knowledge, skills, and abilities must jail leaders have in order to be successful? The 22 core competencies of successful jail leaders identified in a 2011 study by the Center for Innovative Public Policies, Inc. are listed below:

1. Anticipate, analyze and resolve organizational challenges and conflicts.
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2. Assure organizational accountability.
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3. Build and maintain positive relationships with external stakeholders.
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4. Build and maintain teamwork; mentor and coach others.
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5. Communicate effectively, internally and externally. 
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6. Comprehend, obtain and manage fiscal resources.
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7. Develop and maintain a positive organizational culture that promotes respect for diverse staff.
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8. Develop and sustain organizational vision/mission.
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9. Engage in strategic planning.
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10. Enhance self-awareness; maintain proactive professional commitment.
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11. Establish organizational authority, roles, and responsibilities.
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12. Leverage the role of the jail in the criminal justice system.
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13. Make sound decisions.
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14. Manage change.
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15. Manage labor relations.
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16. Manage power and influence.
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17. Manage time.
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18. Obtain and manage human resources.
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19. Oversee inmate and facility management.
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20. Oversee physical plant management.
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21. Reduce jail-related liability risks.
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22. Understand and manage emerging technology.
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