ILA Podcast

Law & Order…& Leadership

Law & Order... & Leadership. Innovating Leadership Co-Creating Our Future. With Maureen Metcalf.

Guests: Dr. Rob Elkington and Les Sylven 


Can law enforcement rise to the challenge of reforming policing with new styles of leadership? Dr. Rob Elkington and Les Sylven discuss policing challenges and offer some surprising solutions that any leader of a high-stress workforce will find extremely useful!

Here’s what Rob, Les, and host Maureen Metcalf cover:

  • Why almost all law enforcement leaders have faced trauma – and how it can help them better serve their teams;
  • How soft-skills like mindfulness are just as important as hard skills like firearms training; and
  • If your mission is to serve and protect, servant leadership makes a lot more sense than old-school top-down management.

Rob Elkington, Ph.D., currently resides in Canada, where he serves as Assistant Professor at Trent University Faculty of Business & Master of Management Program. Rob is the co-founder and CEO of Global Leadership Initiatives, Inc., which exists to “develop excellence in leadership globally.”

Les Sylven is a Leadership Studies Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. His doctoral research project explores police leadership with senior Canadian police officers who regularly practice meditation and mindfulness. Les was a police officer in Canada for over 30 years. In 2020, Les was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Merit (O.O.M) of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf, Founder and CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute, is a highly sought-after expert in anticipating and leveraging future business trends to transform organizations. She has captured 30 years of experience in an award-winning series of books used by public, private, and academic organizations to align company-wide strategy, systems, and culture using Innovative Leadership techniques. 

Maureen shares her hard-won insights through public speaking, industry publications, interviews, and video presentations. She is a regular contributor to, host of the top international radio show, Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future, and author of the award-winning Innovative Leadership book series. The series includes: Innovative Leadership FieldbookInnovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations; Innovative Leadership Workbook for Global Leaders; and Innovative Leadership for Health Care, among others.

She is a Fellow of the International Leadership Association.

About Innovating Leadership: Co-Creating Our Future

The pace of change in the world is increasing exponentially. Leadership must evolve. And that gets to the heart of our mission: To bring you the latest thoughts on leadership so you can innovate, learn, and evolve…growing your team, your business, and yourself! This series features a new interview every week. Host Maureen Metcalf interviews world leaders, global business and NPO executives, thought leaders, and researchers in a wide range of industries. It’s a breadth of perspectives unavailable anywhere else. Become an innovative leader in your own right! 

Innovating Leadership is proud to partner with the International Leadership Association on a yearly series of episodes on global leadership with special ILA speakers, members, and guests. 

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