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ERIC Number: EJ1122375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
The Relationship between Students' Leadership Style and Self-Directed Learning Level
Strong, Robert; Wynn, J. Thomas; Irby, Travis L.; Lindner, James R.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v54 n2 p174-185 2013
Leadership is a versatile process that requires working with others in personal and professional relationships to accomplish a goal. Cultivating leadership skills is important for students who are developing professional competencies. Leadership characteristics and abilities should be evaluated to assist in learning student traits to better prepare students for their professions. This study examined the relationship between students' leadership style and self-directed learning levels. This was a descriptive and correlational study with undergraduate students enrolled in agricultural leadership courses (N = 138). The theoretical framework for this study was based on transactional and transformational leadership theory, self-directed learning theory, and andragogy. Students were more oriented toward relationship leadership style versus task orientation. Task oriented leadership style was found to be correlated with students' self-directedness levels. Professional development specialists and human resources trainers should develop comprehension on the effects of how employee leadership style may influence other job performance variables. Agricultural leadership researchers and practitioners should gain a better understanding of variables that may affect students' leadership styles in order to best prepare students for future leadership oriented careers. Agricultural education faculty could gain a better understanding of the academic and professional leadership experiences that most interest students.
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Student Leadership, Correlation, Independent Study, Active Learning, Transformational Leadership, Undergraduate Students, Interpersonal Relationship, Task Analysis, Student Attitudes, Personality Traits, Statistical Analysis, Questionnaires
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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