Courage

Leadership lessons from the Met

  • Set a clear vision to guide people in difficult times
  • Value courage, compassion and integrity
  • Inspire a can-do attitude

Good policing requires courage, compassion and integrity. To instil those values across an organisation of nearly 50,000 people in order to keep a diverse and dynamic capital of more than eight million people safe, often under intense public scrutiny, requires a special skill set. The role of Metropolitan (Met) police commissioner must be one of the most high-pressured leadership roles there is.

Bernard Hogan-Howe took the helm shortly after the riots that shook the city in 2011. The organisation had lost half its management board and he had a short time to turn things around before the Olympics in 2012, which passed without incident. Bernard led a process of transformation by setting a clear vision to guide his officers in the most challenging moments. He also focused on communication, engagement, efficiency and recruiting in new skills to make the Met ready for the challenges of the future.

At this event, Bernard will reveal why courage is important in leaders and how to inspire it in others. He’ll share the vision he created for the Met, how he kept it simple and how to create a team who are a force to be reckoned with.

Bernard Hogan-Howe

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was the most senior police officer in the UK. He led the Metropolitan Police, an organisation of nearly 50,000 people with a budget of £3.2 billion. He was directly accountable to the Home Secretary and had national responsibilities, which included leading counter terrorism policing throughout the UK and protecting the Royal Family and senior members of the government both at home and abroad.

Bernard's career has been characterised by high achievement, having successfully delivered numerous strategic objectives and efficiency improvements. He was made a life peer in October 2017.