Sunday 25 June 2017

Leadership needed for the modern age

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

'A fish rots from the head down' – metaphors rarely come more graphic than that one. A proverb of ancient origins, it is well-known in management circles and means problems within an organisation can be traced back to those at the top.

And so to the gardai, where a culture change is long overdue – a message the Garda Ombudsman's Office has been attempting to signal for some considerable time.

Leadership defects lie at the root cause of any group's shortcomings because those in charge are responsible for setting and maintaining standards. Where those standards fall short, it's obvious where the rot originates.

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