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ERIC Number: EJ1136652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1552-9045
Leadership Characteristics of Outstanding Seniors in a Land-Grant University College of Agriculture
Connors, James J.; Velez, Jonathan J.; Swan, Benjamin G.
Journal of Leadership Education, v5 n3 p93-110 Win 2006
Leadership is a concept that has always been a major component of Colleges of Agriculture. Undergraduate students have numerous opportunities to develop their leadership skills and abilities though formal coursework, collegiate organizations, and personal leadership activities. This ethnographic qualitative research study investigated the leadership characteristics of outstanding seniors in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University. The study utilized a semi-structured interview methodology. The objectives of the study were to (1) Determine the leadership development experiences of the outstanding seniors prior to their enrolling in college; (2) Identify the leadership development activities in which they participated during their undergraduate studies; (3) Identify their self-perceived strengths, weaknesses, and leadership influences; and (4) Identify the personal and professional leadership goals. Results indicate that the outstanding seniors had significant leadership development experiences in FFA and 4-H while in high school. They continued to participate in leadership activities in dozens of different collegiate organizations, both within and outside of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The outstanding seniors had a passionate belief in their own leadership ability, believed strongly in servant leadership, and used their leadership to the benefit of the organizations in which they were members.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio
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