MAGNUS E5 : Deliberate Leadership with a Moral Compass

16 hrs. of Certified Continuing Education

Major Wes Priddy (Travis County Sheriff’s Office, TX, FBI NA # 255) defines “Deliberate Leadership”.

Course Overview 

The “MAGNUS E5 : Deliberate Leadership with a Moral Compass” workshop provides officers guidance for navigating the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous challenges of the modern day policing environment with virtue and resiliency. The 2-day course is presented as a series of “dynamics,” or principles, based on the premise that “every officer is a leader” on a journey to be developed into a Magnanimous Officer “MAGNUS”.

  • Deliberate Leadership – A roadmap to leadership that teaches how to Establish, Embrace, Encourage, Embody, and Enforce the standards of the agency a
    nd the highest ideals of the profession.
  • The Virtues of the MAGNUS Officer – The MAGNUS (Magnanimous Officer) embodies the virtues of excellence of character, credibility, faithful service, and inspirational leadership.
  • The “Centurion Principle” – Operating under the protection of authority, MAGNUS Officers possess great power to effect positive change inside and outside of the agency, generate voluntary compliance with the law, infuse trust into relationsh
  • magnus-jpeg-file-websiteips, overcome resistance without resorting to force, and avoid ethical failures.
  • Emotional Intelligence and Self-awareness – The “Personal Style Indicator” is used to identify each participant’s primary leadership style, preferences, strengths, and weaknesses. The various combinations of personal styles are examined in detail to provide insight into the potential for internal conflict as well as opportunities for collaboration and team-building.
  • Coactivity, Character, Authority, and Restoration – These Dynamics are at the core of understanding the fundamental mission of law enforcement, strategic crime-fighting, resiliency under pressure, bringing peace out of disorder, the power of representation, insulation against ethical failure, motivating others to the highest levels of morale and performance, and the path to stabilize internal relationships and restore renegade officers.
  • Roles of the SuperVisor –  By employing a complexity of organizational and team-building roles, credible leaders actualize both their “power of position” and “power of influence” to synergistically empower others to accomplish agency objectives. In this way, they become the “standard bearers” of proessional excellence.
  • Character-based Discipline – Internal discipline is generally exercised to discourage unacceptable behavior without addressing underlying motivations. However, a more effective model of progressive discipline encourages positive character while discouraging malicious intent and promoting automatic accountability.
  • “Deliberate Leadership” and “Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Officers” – These two texts are provided as resources to augment the training course and facilitate the professional development of all participants.

The training is presented in a fast-paced, interactive, and participatory style that challenges students to introspectively assess their own character, leadership style, strengths and weaknesses. Participants come away better prepared to deal with the challenges of their duties, encourage and motivate others, internalize positive character traits and leadership styles, represent the standards of their agency and ideals of the profession, serve as a role model for others, overcome stress with resilience, and reconnect with the virtues of a MAGNUS Officer to include Faithfulness, Nobility, Gratitude, Humility, Prudence, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, 360 Wellness, Self-Control, Good Living, Honor, Truthfulness, Contentment, Shared Vision, Shared Leadership, Catalyst for Change and Pay it Forward

Course Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this workshop, the participants would be able to:

  • Describe the dynamics MAGNUS E5  for success;
  • Identify one’s personal deliberate style through self-awareness;
  • Develop a Moral Compass to follow that promotes Character, Integrity, Dignity, Credibility and Trusting relationship Inter & Intra-agency;
  • Balance tactical leadership thought and emotional intelligence and understanding how one enhances the other for building and maintaining trusting community relationships; and
  • Develop critical and adaptive decision making skills based on navigational thought practices and teamwork.
  • Embody the MAGNUS Officer’s virtues of Faithfulness, Nobility, Gratitude, Humility, Prudence, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion,360 Wellness, Self-Control, Good Living, Honor, Truthfulness, Contentment, Shared Vision, Shared Leadership, Catalyst for Change and Pay it Forward.


Ray-150-200Sheriff (Retired) Ray Nash began his law enforcement career as a police dispatcher while still in high school. He has since served in law enforcement for over 34 years and brings a wide range of experience to the profession. After serving as a reserve officer with the Irmo Police Department in South Carolina, Ray joined the force full time in 1981, working through the ranks to become Chief of Police in 1983 at age 23. He served the next two years on the training staff of the Institute of Police Technology and Management at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.  

In 1987, Ray became Chief of the Summerville, SC Police Department where he served until 1994. During this time, Summerville was recognized for its outstanding community policing initiative. After leaving Summerville, Ray served as a consultant to law enforcement agencies nationwide primarily in the areas of community oriented policing and leadership skills. Ray began serving as Sheriff of Dorchester County in 1997.  Ray developed a character-based leadership program called Police Dynamics and founded the Police Dynamics Institute.

Agencies throughout the U.S. and overseas have adopted the program and are reporting great success in fighting crime and improving officer performance. Leaders from around the world looked to the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and the principles of Police Dynamics for answers to the difficult problems faced by law enforcement.  He is a Professional Mentor to the Ministry of the Interior in Afghanistan, and now as a Police Program Adviser for the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the US Embassy in Kabul. His most current assignment is serving as the Rule of Law Coordinator for the International Police Coordination Board Secretariat. He holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice and a B.S. in Adult Education (workforce development) from Southern Illinois University and a MS in Criminal Justice Administration.

Mitch-145-by-150-e1448240408269Dr. Mitch Javidi is an Honorary member of the US Army Special Operations Command and the Co-Founder of the International Academy of Public Safety is an envisioneer with over 30 years of practical and hands-on business experience in diverse industries including but not limited to Academia, Military,and Enforcement.  

He is also the Envisoneer of the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development, Institute for Credible Leadership Development, the Magnanimous Officers movement, and the National Command College.  

As a globally recognized leader, Mitch has trained at the Joint Special Operations Command “JSOC” and the US Army Special Operations Command “USASOC.” He was awarded the honorary member of the United States Army Special Operations Command in 1999.  He served as a tenured Associate Professor at NC State University for 16 years before taking an early retirement but continues to serve as an Adjunct professor without pay at both NC State and Illinois State Universities. He is a member of the “Academy of Outstanding Teachers and Scholars” at NC State University and the Distinguished 2004 Alumni of the University of Oklahoma. Mitch has published over 100 articles and presented over 890 presentations worldwide.

chris-150_212Lt. Christopher Hoina, Sr. is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy, holding a Master’s degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Shaw University. He currently serves as a law enforcement subject matter expert for the International Academy of Public Safety (IAPS) advising on law enforcement education as it pertains to the Institute for Credible Leadership Development.

Prior to IAPS Christopher held the position as Director of Criminal Justice studies at Campbell University in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. With 25 years of law enforcement experience he served in a variety of roles to include: Commander of Training, Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Juvenile Investigations, School Resource Officers, Crisis Negotiation, Community Services, Crime Prevention, D.A.R.E., and Crisis Intervention Teams.  

He has extensive teaching experience as a certified law enforcement instructor in both classroom and on-line, at the Academy, Community College and University levels; specializing in content related to Hazardous Materials, Bias Based Profiling, Hate Crimes, Crisis Intervention (CIT), Juvenile Minority Sensitivity, Juvenile Investigations, Crisis Negotiations (CNT), Crime Scene Investigations, Crime Prevention and School Resource Officer training.



The “Deliberate Leadership: Achieving Success Through Personal Styles ” and the “Moral Compass for Law Enforcement Professionals” textbooks are included.  

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The Personal Style Indicator (called a personality test by others), included in the workshop is a professionally developed, self-administered, and self-scored, learning and communication instrument. This isn’t about a “pass or fail” grade. The Personal Style Indicator assessment, measures and provides insight to your natural strengths, common areas of difficulties, as well as your orientation towards leadership, reactions to stress, how you will work on a team and with others, and what to do to increase your effectiveness and results in your life.



“Congratulations on a very successful leadership training program recently held in Southaven, Mississippi.  I wanted each of you to know how powerful your presentation was and how the points mentioned hit the mark.  It was a pleasure meeting both of you and if the DEA New Orleans Field Division can ever be of any assistance please do not hesitate to call… All the best, drive on and God Bless….”  

Craig M. Wiles, Assoc. SAC, DEA – New Orleans Field Division


“I attended your Leadership workshop the last two days, and I wanted to Thank You for identifying what the character connection is and giving me direction on how to use it.  I wanted to stay after class on both days and tell you in person, but the information you gave me had such a profound effect on me, I could hardly make it to my vehicle without losing my composure.  I had tears in my eyes on more than one occasion during the training and on my drive home.  These were not tears because I was sad; but because this workshop fit in perfectly with my personal quest to become my authentic self.  I want to learn more, do more, to be MAGNUS and show others how to achieve it. Thank You again, this workshop was AMAZING for me!”

Jessica Duncan, Wisconsin State Patrol.




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“Congratulations on a very successful leadership training program recently held in Southaven, Mississippi.  I wanted each of you to know how powerful your presentation was and how the points mentioned hit the mark.  It was a pleasure meeting both of you and if the DEA New Orleans Field Division can ever be of any assistance please do not hesitate to call… All the best, drive on and God Bless….”  

Craig M. Wiles, Assoc. SAC, DEA – New Orleans Field Division

“I attended your two day class in Appleton, WI Wednesday and Thursday.  I will complete the review of the class sent by DOJ, but I am compelled to email you to describe how impactful this training was to me.  First, your skill and ability as teachers is tremendous.  I can’t remember a teacher who has had the skill to provide analogies, examples, and lessons in so many ways to drive a point home.  In the interest of putting what I learned to use, I am grateful you had the diligence to develop yourself as a teacher over so many years.  Your commitment to teaching is obvious and your students are the beneficiary of your commitment. Regarding the content of the course, it is exactly what our profession needs today more than ever.  You validated so many of the beliefs and practices we integrate into our department, but also provided even more opportunity for us to grow as an agency.  Our Chief’s mantra is “Hire for character and train for skill.”  We really almost fell out of our chair when you said that on Wednesday Ray.  We talk so much about character throughout our organization because it is what we believe is the most important attribute within our police agency (and any police agency).  You’ve given us so many more things to consider to help our agency continue to grow our character.”

Benjamin K. Bliven, Deputy Chief, Wausau Police Department, WI

Highlights (N = 1,243)

  • The workshop met my expectations – 99% Positive

  • I was very satisfied with this workshop – 99% Positive
  • I will be able to apply the knowledge learned to my every day work – 99% Positive

  • The instructors were dynamic presenters – 99% Positive

  • The instructors shared meaningful real life experiences to clarify concepts – 99% Positive

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We can bring this 16-hrs. course or an abbreviated version of it to your Sheriff’s Office, Police Department, State Police / Patrol, Corrections Facility, Law Enforcement Academy, Training Facility or Association.  Please contact us for more information.  

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