In any society, leadership is a key element in law and criminal justice. Throughout history we have examples of great leaders who by their example helped their nation and people to rise both economically and in status in the world. We also have ample examples of leaders who through poor leadership drove their people to ruin. Thus, leadership is necessary for law and justice to prevail.
Crime, Justice, Law, and Leadership
Crime cannot occur unless the person committing the crime believes the law to be wrong. A person will not go counter to their own beliefs unless there is compelling reason. Thus, it can be safely said that when crime increases there is a corresponding lack of good leadership. A good leader will inspire others to believe as does he/she. A poor leader will bring the contempt of the people upon his/her house and the result will be that the people will ignore the law. If the people believe a law to be just, they will follow it. If they believe it to be unjust, they will not.
The job of a leader is to lead. This sounds like a no-brainer and until just a few centuries ago, leaders understood this well. Before Louis the 14th, King of France, Kings were leaders of men on the battlefields. The King would go to war alongside his men and lead them in battle, often dying on the battlefield themselves. Louis 14th was the first King to simply send his troops out while he himself remained in the Palace, enjoying the earthly pleasures of a King, namely fine food, drink, and women. It was not long before other kings followed suit. It was also not long before Kings lost the respect of their people.
The worst thing a leader can do is fail to lead. Sending toops to battle is NOT leadership. The second worst thing a leader can do is to create or uphold laws that the people will not support. If a leader wants a law to be accepted, he must first get the public to understand why such a law in needed. He must set an example.
Law and Leadership Illustrated in U. S. Health Care Reform
President Obama stated not long ago that the Health Care Bill was not about him because he had good insurance. Indeed, the United States Congress has pretty much the same good health care. This is a great example of the lack of leadership in America today. Many people decry the job Congress does and even more do not respect these members. Congress is oblivious. But this is an excellent example of the lack of leadership. Congress has one law they live by (their health care) and another that we must live by (the inferior health care act).
Such situations create a lack of respect for those in charge by the people. This is the same situation as would occur with a King sending, rather than leading, his men onto the battlefield. Whether the leaders open their mouths or not, they are communicating. The message they are communicating is duplicitous and all they earn from such is contempt from the people.
Communication, Law, and Leadership
Leadership is about leading. In the modern age, communication has become a key element of leadership. As an example, Ronald Reagan was known as the Great Communicator. As such, Reagan was able to gain the trust and loyalty of the people because even when the nation disagreed with him, he was able to bring the masses to his side of the issue. As a leader, he effectively used communication to lead.
This set of pages are devoted to the concepts and notions of leadership and how these impact criminal justice and law. A key element of this is communication. Effective communication is vital to reducing crime and gaining support of law from the people. But justice relies on many other aspects of leadership and these as well will be examined here.