The Leaderist

The Leaderist

The Leaderist is a podcast about improving the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve through enhanced leadership.


May 31, 2021 50 min
What's the deal with all of the LEO fitness researchers and experts lately? Lexi and Cali talk about their passion for one of the biggest Wellness factors in the police career field, physical training. We've had several guests who provided the basis for why fitness is such a necessary component to performance and longevity. Now, your hosts discuss exactly what it's like to try and get that kind of culture change in moti...
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As a trooper with the Colorado State Patrol, Charlie Kornhauser has been able to transform how the cadet academy view physical fitness. Charlie relied heavily on data collection and leaned on the experts in the field of sport science to help him achieve that. What he eventually established was some of the first comprehensive studies done with new recruits regarding fitness and performance. His hard work has fueled many of us in the...
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May 16, 2021 78 min
Finding statistics about LEO training and fitness can be difficult but if one person has dedicated their career to this, it's our guest, Jay Dawes. His research is aplenty in the field of exercise and officers. While the ever increasing scrutiny of police work builds, his life's work will become a major part of this big conversation.
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May 9, 2021 67 min
Are coaching and leading one in the same? Chris "Tex" McQuilkin of Power Athlete says no. His expertise as a longtime coach isn't the only thing to qualify him to speak on the subject of leadership. He's also obsessed with studying how best to communicate and connect with athletes. The parallels between sport and police work are innumerable and as he points out "It's not what you say, it's what people he...
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April 26, 2021 43 min
Hosts Lexi and Cali talk morale in the wake of so many high profile LEO shootings. How does one go on doing the job when they are met with negativity at every turn? Who will pick up the pieces and protect the innocent when great officers have had enough and leave this career? How do we encourage those who are scared of police or who hate officers to engage in meaningful conversation? We dive into how to maintain a healthy mindset d...
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April 19, 2021 80 min
After 26 years in the CIA, Marc Polymeropoulos had more than a few great stories to tell. A mysterious injury plagued Marc with vertigo and chronic migraines and with little to no support from the CIA, Marc decided to take his health into his own hands. Working through trauma and injury is a complicated process even for the toughest who serve. Our conversation with Marc revels how finally getting the proper treatment for his diagno...
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April 12, 2021 61 min
The general understanding of trauma is that the more you talk about it, the better you'll feel. Resilience and trauma specialist, Tara Miller doesn't necessarily agree. She contends that HOW you talk about it is the most important factor in healing. Having worked with many first responders, she's all too familiar with the acute and cumulative stresses of the job. Hear how she teachers her clients to approach these chall...
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April 5, 2021 58 min
From fitness, to boxing, to Krav Maga, and police work, Freddy Camacho goes hard in just about everything. He's got a personality too big for the internet, reference his One World Fitness blog which gained him a lot of notoriety, and a heart equally as big. Freddy said he was able to protect his love for community and police work during the last few years simply by knowing his identity was more than just his occupation. We are ...
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March 29, 2021 88 min
What makes Kaz Kazadi an incredible human is not his athletic skill, coaching prowess, or even his vast historical knowledge, it's his ability to inspire. His story of coming to America from Zaire (currently the Democratic Republic of Congo) is unique but his experience as a man of color is not. Kaz leads us through his personal philosophy for questioning everything and taking nothing for granted as well as embracing discomfort...
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March 22, 2021 72 min
Building relationships is paramount for any successful coaching or mentoring to occur. Likewise, in police work, relationships and trust are what the communities demand. Bo Sandoval points out more than a few correlations between LEO and UFC. Having learned under some incredible mentors, Bo considers himself lucky to have received guidance early on in his career, eventually leading him to the UFC Performance Institute. Now he's...
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March 8, 2021 64 min
Coaching is about mentoring, teaching, loving, and nurturing. Coaches Jonathan Rogers and Corey Sampson talk to us about their roles as leaders not only on the field but in their community. While the pandemic and racial issues hit their students hard, these mentors view their role as a privilege. Navigating the anti-police movement with today's youth hasn't been easy, but they have led by example engaging in these difficult...
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March 1, 2021 59 min
Tanji Johnson describes the Air Force Academy as a "Leadership Laboratory". A graduate of the military institution, Tanji takes with her a depth of understanding and appreciation for leadership development that most will never experience. Her most challenging endeavor while enrolled was the rigorous training required to make the Honor Guard. These physical challenges instilled a resilience that she carried with her througho...
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February 22, 2021 80 min
Could neuroscience not only explain how difficult decisions are made, but also be utilized to improve the efficacy of law enforcement? Mike Malpass says absolutely. His book, Taming the Serpent, addresses just that. With a 30 year career under his belt and a strong connection with his community, he is passionate about equipping new cops with the best brain training available so they can continue to keep their beat safe.
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February 18, 2021 50 min
Lexi & Cali celebrate 10 episodes of The Leaderist. As they reminisce about their conversations with guests, they also talk about how the've applied some of the lessons learned. What's to come for the next 10 episodes? Guess you'll have to tune in to find out!
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February 8, 2021 58 min
When it comes to BJJ training for law enforcement, Ari Knazan and Jason Rebsch are your guys. With their amassed knowledge of police work and their years of Jiu-Jitsu they realize just what an impact this kind of training can have on officers mentally and physically. Equipping officers with hands on skills and stress drilling instills confidence and leads to better decision making. This approach to training equates to safer interac...
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February 1, 2021 61 min
Take care of your people. That is the sentiment expressed by Sgt Brandon James. A connection to previous Leaderist guest, Chief Andy McCurdy's brother, Patrick, led Brandon down the path towards law enforcement, mentorship, and leadership. Brandon embraces his role and emphatically reminds his people that family comes first. He believes that with life balance, humility, and a willingness to do the same things you ask your offic...
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January 25, 2021 61 min
What does Officer Wellness have to do with our community? Everything. From training preparedness to optimal mental health, our communities expect that the officer arriving on scene is in the proper physical and mental condition to meet the needs of that situation. Matt Domyancic has dedicated a lifetime to making this Wellness training the norm in departments. Often an uphill battle, he sees the current climate as an opportunity to...
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January 23, 2021 43 min
Rosell Ellis is an officer in the area he grew up in. He believes it's important to stay true to his experience, his "story", of growing up around police officers...which might surprise you. He has been working in patrol and as a school resource officer. He saw it as his job to build relationships with the kids so that they would associate police on the street with his work inside the school. He's an officer who bel...
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January 11, 2021 49 min
Tyson Shumway is an officer in a large department in California who has a unique perspective. As a former academy instructor he get’s to see he recruits evolve throughout the process. Tyson shares with us his insight on this transformation, he’s experiences with the community, and maybe most importantly, the definition of a Servant Leader. Getting back to the basics of the “servant” mentality is Tyson’s suggestion for struggling de...
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January 4, 2021 63 min
Retired Sheriff Currie Myers, Ph.D., is a senior Visiting Fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He has spoken on criminal justice public policy across the country. Sheriff Myers was a participant in the White House’s 2015 Criminal Justice Reform Summit. He has a combined 30 years of professional experience as a state trooper, special agent, sheriff, criminologist, professor, and university executive.
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