Publication Date

Spring 2017

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Doctor of Education



First Advisor

Brian Vivona, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Stephen H. Wagner, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Doug Muir, Ph.D.


The problem within the River Grove Police Department is that the majority of our leadership is getting close to retirement and there is minimal leadership training available for our patrol officers that will soon fill those leadership roles. Action research with the River Grove Police Department explored this problem. Utilizing a foundation of theoretical framework based upon followership, career development, and leader-member exchange three objectives were identified and accomplished through this research. This research identified that there was not a positive linear relationship between followership typology, age and years of experience groups. It also identified if there was a perception among officers that an understanding of followership and the type of follower that they currently are will help in their career development. The research gave participants a tool and knowledge that can potentially help with their career development.


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