Are we developing leaders? Connecting undergraduate leadership identities to their needs and contexts


  • Sarah A. Bush University of Florida
  • Anna K. Pratt Lickley University of Idaho
  • RyAnna Meacham Madison High School



leadership identity, undergraduate student leaders


Graduates of the college are expected to have the skills needed to enter the workforce including leadership competencies. The purpose of this mixed methods case study was to identify leadership development influences and assess the leadership needs of undergraduate student leaders (n = 17) in the [college] at the [university]. We conducted the research through in-person, semi-structured interviews. We utilized a concurrent, sequential, multi-phase mixed methods design with a qualitative priority. In phase one, we open coded transcriptions and used an iterative process to find emerging themes. Results revealed four themes: engaged leadership, leadership experiences, group dynamics, and resources. In phase two, we employed a cross case comparison to explore similarities and differences across emergent themes related to leadership identity. it was evident that differing hierarchical and relational views of leadership existed based upon leadership identities.


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Author Biographies

Anna K. Pratt Lickley, University of Idaho

Anna K. Pratt Lickley is a previous graduate student in the Department of Agricultural Education, Leadership and Communications at the University of Idaho, 875 Perimeter Drive, Moscow, ID 83844,

RyAnna Meacham, Madison High School

RyAnna Meacham is an Agriculture Teacher at Madison High School, 2300 University Drive, Rexburg, ID 83440,




How to Cite

Bush, S. A., Pratt Lickley, A., & Meacham, R. (2023). Are we developing leaders? Connecting undergraduate leadership identities to their needs and contexts. Journal of Agricultural Education, 64(2), 129–144.



Journal of Agricultural Education