John Gregory, a Consultant with Innolect Inc., uses his expertise in leadership law enforcement, diversity and inclusion to coach individuals and teams to maximize their personal influence within organizations as well within their daily lives. Working with formal and informal groups, his leadership experience as a 40-year law enforcement professional is in high demand. With high credibility, deep leadership and a seasoned reputation, John is sought-after to offer his perspective on ways to address today’s social justice issues. He is adept at navigating how to build bridges and facilitate dialogue to increase public consciousness and explore the growing mistrust of law enforcement.
As former Chief of Police of the Rock Hill, SC Police Department, John was a change agent who raised expectations for individual accountability and professionalism while advancing crime reducing strategies. Under his leadership, the department made major strides in equity and diversity and inclusion along with substantial improvements in the public’s trust. In his previous roles in law enforcement and advancement from a cadet through the ranks to Chief of Police, he developed the leadership, coaching and mentoring skills that he uses today to develop others. He understands that “Sometimes the leader within is not discovered until he/she finds a reason why.”
As a leadership instructor with FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA), training command, and executive-level staff in leadership, he developed and mentored other leaders. John managed over 200 agencies in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States as Program Manager for the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Working with business leaders, government officials, university professionals as well as pastors and ministers, John finds teaching and facilitating learning about Servant Leadership as one of his most interesting and rewarding experiences.
John holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Shaw University. He has earned additional training and certifications from the Southern Police Institute, Yale University’s Leadership and Team Effectiveness, the FBI Academy LEEDA, and US Secret Services’ Dignitary Protection programs. John serves on the board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of York County, a founding member, and Vice Chair of the Black Economic Leadership League of Rock Hill (BELL of Rock Hill)501(c)3, a presentation coach with “One Million Cups” of York County and a mentor with Venture Mentoring Services (VMS) in the Rock Hill Technology Incubator.