Cletzer, D.A., Mott, R.L., Simonsen. J.C., Tummons, J.D., Peckman, J.Y., & Preston, K. (2022). Agricultural leadership: A national portrait of undergraduate courses. Journal of Agricultural Education, 63(1), 165-181.



Agricultural leadership coursework has sought to developed leadership skills in graduates of colleges of agriculture for decades. Yet, a national study of the scope and nature of undergraduate leadership coursework has not been conducted since 2003. The purpose of this study was to provide empirical data for discussion of the state of agricultural leadership education. A census of all programs represented by faculty in AAAE was conducted, and 227 courses were determined to exist, the most common types of courses were introduction to leadership, personal leadership, and team and group leadership. The most common leadership theories or concepts present in the 100 course syllabi analyzed were “traits and skills,” “ethics,” and “servant leadership.” More than 80 different textbooks were used.

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