Ken Smith is a Mission police officer who has been watching how others lead and learning from his own leadership experiences. Now, he has packaged what he has learned into a recently published book.
“Anyone Can Be Average: Leading a Law Enforcement Organization,” is Smith’s take on how to get an organization to be better. It has been a year and a half in the making. The title phrase comes from his late father, who died last year. “Anyone can be average – that was his phrase,” Smith says.
Smith has gathered the organizational lessons he has learned in his career and organizes them around three steps: creating a resilient leadership team, creating organizational clarity and communicating organizational clarity.
The 83-page paperback was whittled down from his original 200 pages of content. Smith draws on his 11 years at the Mission Police Department and his previous service in the Kansas City, Mo. police department and U.S. Marine Corps for the lessons. His FBI Academy instruction also was a significant influence in the advice he has assembled.
The book, Smith says, is about how to make your organization better and addresses the issue of accepting mediocrity. Although no names are used, some people might recognize the characters (even themselves) in the real life stories with which Smith illustrates the lessons.
Smith serves as Executive Officer for the Mission department. He has a bachelor’s in criminal justice administration from Park University, an MBA from Benedictine and a master’s certificate in criminal justice education. His Marine career included service in the first Gulf War.
The self-published book is available from online retailers including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.