ERIC Number: ED440462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Southern Extension Leadership Development: Leadership Development through a Virtual Organization.
Ladewig, Howard; Rohs, F. Richard
This paper describes the formation of the Southern Extension Leadership Development (SELD) program. The program was developed in response to the growing need for understanding and coping with the many changes currently and potentially affecting Cooperative Extension Systems (CES). Two of the biggest changes affecting CES are the changing nature of work and authority relationships and the emergence of the information-technology era. The SELD program is a virtual organization, founded on the principles of collective leadership, that began informally and was based on the level of participation in the program by the directors and administrators of CES in the Southern Region. The centerpiece of SELD is the Managerial Assessment of Proficiency (MAP), a video-driven, competency-based, computer-scored simulation that assesses a participant's proficiency in 12 competencies, 2 leadership styles, and 8 values/drives. Since 1994, over 900 participants from CES, the land-grant university system of the southern region of the U.S., and elsewhere have gone through SELD. The paper describes the MAP program and offers a managerial assessment of those who have participated in SELD. Assessments show that managers' strengths are typically in planning and scheduling work and in identifying and solving problems, whereas weaknesses include thinking clearly and analytically. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Leadership Educators (San Diego, CA, July 10, 1999).