U.S. Department of Justice

The Center for Correctional Leadership and Management Studies

The Center is a single location where one can access training programs, SkillSoft courses, customized e-courses, articles, and books that focus on current theories and models of supervision, management, and leadership.

The Center uses an innovative education strategy focusing on the “University Model” concept, whereby correctional staff can take supervisory, mid-management, and leadership courses regardless of their position/level in an agency or organization. This concept is similar to taking courses in college, where you would take 100-level courses prior to 200-level courses and 300-level courses prior to 400-level courses and so on.

Goals/Objectives:

  • To provide a place for individuals who are seeking career advancement through self-directed learning using recommended materials and trainings in the classroom and through self-paced online learning.
  • To foster individual, team, and organizational development regardless of current position.
  • To provide research-based information on training, education, and development.
  • To promote collaborative relationships with colleges and universities that emphasize corrections-related supervisory, management, and leadership endeavors.

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Date Title Type
2013
Document 025971
Leadership: Selected Resources for Criminal Justice Professionals
National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Aurora, CO).
“Correctional leaders today, perhaps now more than ever, must focus on their own leader development, the development of their followers, and exhibit positive leadership behavior by making sound decisions and problem solving effectively. We believe that this annotated leadership bibliography will assist the field of corrections, particularly supervisors, managers, senior level leaders, and executives, in their journey to create learning organizations for the future” (p. 2). Entries are organized ... Read More
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2005
Document 020474
Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century: Executive and Senior Levels
By Campbell, Nancy M. Mactavish, Marie Dobel, Patrick Katsampes, Paul Yates, Cindi. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Campbell Consulting (Bainbridge Island, WA) National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Characteristics that result in the best performance of executive and senior level leaders are identified along with the key skills, knowledge, and attributes of effective and successful leaders which are then linked to a set of specific behaviors. Following an executive summary, this manual provides an exploration of: managerial profiles; self awareness; ethics and values; vision and mission; strategic thinking; managing the external environment; power and influence; strategic planning and perf... Read More
PDF
226 p.
2006
Document 020475
Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century: Manager and Supervisor Levels
By Campbell, Nancy M.; Mactavish, Marie; Dobel, J. Patrick; Lucey, Barbara; Edington, Teddi; Yates, Cindi; Woodward, William. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). Campbell Consulting (Bainbridge Island, WA); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Characteristics that result in the best performance of correctional managers and supervisors are identified along with key skills, knowledge, and attributes of effective and successful leaders which are then linked to a set of specific behaviors. This manual includes an executive summary and the following chapters: managerial profiles; ethics and values; interpersonal relationships; oral and written communication; motivating others; developing direct reports; managing conflict; team building; c... Read More
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316 p.
2012
Document 025338
Achieving Performance Excellence: The Influence of Leadership on Organizational Performance
By Cebula, Nancy; Craig, Elizabeth; Eggers, John; Fajardo, Marge Douville; Gray, James; Lantz, Theresa. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). People in Charge LLC (Boulder, CO); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
“Leadership is a very important component of higher performing organizations. This book presents a breadth and depth of information about leading others and describes what leaders need to excel at and what up-and-coming leaders need to know as they prepare themselves for leadership positions. Taking a balanced approach to leadership allows correctional leaders to influence different people and diverse stakeholder groups in differing situations. Good leaders know when they need to manage rather t... Read More
PDF
100 pages
2005
Document 020210
Correctional Leadership Competencies for the 21st Century [Satellite/Internet Broadcast]
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
This program will assist participants with succession planning, provide a framework for developing appropriate training curricula, target external resources needed for staff development, and help participants create a strategy for both personal and professional staff development. The presentation focuses on the core competencies applicable to corrections professionals working at executive, senior level, manager, and supervisory levels. The program content is appropriate for those working in jail... Read More
PDF
1 DVD (180 min.)
2003
Document 018898
Results of Data Analysis: NIC Needs Assessment on Correctional Management and Executive Leadership Development
By Clem, Connie. National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Longmont, CO); LIS, Inc. (Longmont, CO).
Demographics, turnover, and leadership development for four levels of correctional management (e.g., executive leaders, senior leaders, managers, and supervisors) are analyzed. Sections comprising this report are: project background; key findings; the survey sample; overview -- analysis of data for all responses; analysis of data on executive level positions; analysis of data on senior leader positions; analysis of data on management level positions; analysis of data on supervisory positions; a... Read More
PDF
47 p.
2005
Document 020489
Strategies for Building Effective Work Teams [Satellite/Internet broadcast held on September 12-15, 2005]
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO).
This program provides participants strategies for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating work teams within a corrections agency work unit and agency-wide. It covers individual and group leadership techniques, group dynamics, characteristics of performance-based work teams, team-based dialogue, and overcoming organizational barriers to team development, True Colors inventory, and experiential outdoor teambuilding activities.... Read More
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6 DVDs (1188 min.) + 1 CD

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Document 025530
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