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Building a Leadership Team Leveraging Social Intelligence

Description

Social Intelligence (SQ), an expansion of emotional intelligence (EQ), informs our awareness of how we are perceived and, most importantly, how this perception is both established and altered in people’s minds. It is our ability to interpret and employ metacommunication, observed in body language, facial expressions, paralanguage and movement synchronization, concurrent with advanced situational awareness, in order to establish trust with others and influence our environment. Incorporating an assessment of social intelligence skills, into agencies’ hiring and promotional processes, can set the strategic groundwork for a relatable, dynamic and cohesive law enforcement culture. Furthermore, SQ skills can be learned and improve officers’ ability to relate to others on a personal and professional level, enhancing their capacity to build rapport and communicate with intelligent empathy – especially during potentially dangerous situations.

Contributors

  • Athena Grace, Behavioral Profiler, People Strategist, Founder, Gr3yeye

    Athena Grace specializes maximizing organizational performance through strategic talent placement. She brings more than a decade of experience in cognitive and behavioral profiling, social intelligence expertise, and executive coaching - to assist entrepreneurs and senior executives with societal and economic inflection points, public relations challenges, talent evaluation, negotiation strategies, emotional disputes and intricate people strategy.

    Using a variety of innovative screening techniques, she is able to discreetly determine an individual’s behavior preferences and underlying cognitive schema or viewpoint in minutes, crafting a highly intuitive assessment of how a potential individual will react to, and interact with, others in specified scenarios.

    Athena has worked on the inside of military operations for the United States Army Special Operations Command, engaging directly with special forces personnel and senior leadership to profile, screen and train soldiers on strategic methods of team selection and development, high-performance leadership and the people skills necessary for intelligence work.

    She holds a graduate certificate in industrial and organizational psychology as well as being professionally certified in surveillance and counter-intelligence techniques, micro-expressions, neurolinguistic programming, non-verbal communication and sophisticated modes of human lie detection, which informs her ability to assess delicate and complex situations.

    Athena’s passion lies in communicating the unspoken thoughts of others - revealing truths that must be wrestled with, and understood, if we wish to make a genuine difference.

  • Neil Gang, Chief, Pinole Police Department

    Police Chief Neil H. Gang is the Chair of the California Police Chiefs Association Officer Wellness Committee and was named a Public Safety Hero of the Year by the United States House of Representatives earlier this year. He began his career with West Windsor, NJ Police Department in 1988. After several stops along the way to include Pembroke Pines, FL and Surprise, AZ, Neil was selected to become the Police Chief for the Pinole Police Department in 2014. With over 30 years of experience at all levels of a full service agency, Gang’s policing strategy is progressive and innovative. He is an action-oriented problem solver who believes that leadership is all about building relationships and relationships build trust; without a community-oriented focus and partnerships, success could not be achieved.

    Gang’s philosophy toward community engagement is his main focus, most notably seen through his development and effective use of Community Outreach programs. His most relevant work focuses on innovation and community engagement, and in 2019 his agency was first in the Nation to create a Video Reporting program that allows citizens to utilize different platforms to report crimes remotely and still receive officer engagement. Neil also was the first in the Nation to partner with ThinBlueOnline for their online de-escalation technology and training software.
    Neil has been involved in Special Olympics throughout his career and now in Northern California, where he is a member of the Northern California Executive Advisory Board. He also participates in the annual Torch Run kick-off Conference, Bike the Bridges, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Tip-a-Cop, the Bay Area Games and the opening ceremony for the Northern California Summer Games. In 2016, Neil was awarded the Special Olympics Northern California Chief of the Year.

    Neil is a graduate of the prestigious Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, where he was both the president of the class and the recipient of the Franklin M. Kremel Award for excellence in the field of leadership. Neil has a Bachelor’s of Applied Science Degree in Administrative Justice from Wayland Baptist University and is a graduate of the California POST Management School. He is also member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, International Hostage Negotiators Association, California Police Chiefs Association and the National Association of Police. Neil was also a past Northern California representative on the California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation Board and the Chairman of the West County Police Chief’s Association.

April 27, 2021
Tue 1:00 PM PDT

Duration 1H 0M

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