ERIC Number: ED362530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Leadership among Extension Clientele.
Michael, John A.; And Others
The Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture commissioned the National Impact Study of Leadership Development in Extension (NISLDE), one of five national impact studies, to examine the leadership development work of Cooperative Extension staff nationwide. The study, responded to by 86 percent of the 3,100 extension educators and their supervisors initially surveyed, established that extension services invested over 2,500 staff years during 1985 developing the leadership competencies of an estimated 13.7 million clients. The competencies most frequently taught were solving problems, working with groups, and directing projects and meetings. Over 100,000 organizations and 330,000 volunteers collaborated with extension staff in leadership development. The great majority (84 percent) of extension personnel believed that developing leadership is a one of their responsibilities, and most tried to develop leadership skills while teaching non-leadership subjects. Extension should produce a formal statement about the importance of leadership development, establish procedures to aid and encourage leadership development, and ensure the quality of leadership development by strengthening its knowledge and research base. Sixteen figures illustrate study findings. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adults, Conferences, Extension Agents, Extension Education, Higher Education, Knowledge Level, Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Training, National Surveys, Problem Solving, Skill Development
Extension Service, Department of Agriculture, Room 3323, South Building, Washington, DC 20250-0900.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman. Cooperative Extension Service.; Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.