ERIC Number: EJ1215523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Interpersonal Leadership Competencies of Extension Agents in Florida
Harder, Amy; Narine, Lendel K.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v60 n1 p224-233 2019
Extension's ability to purposively develop the capacity of its agents to effectively work with and lead people is limited by a lack of data that identifies for which competencies agents need training. Interpersonal leadership competencies are widely recognized as important for Extension professionals and the literature indicates they are linked with job satisfaction, motivation, and performance. The Borich method was used to identify priority training needs for Extension agents in Florida within the interpersonal leadership domain. A Principal Component Analysis revealed the interpersonal leadership competencies could be operationalized into two latent constructs, conflict management and group leadership. Competencies for which training is most needed were mostly part of the conflict management construct. The results can be used to intentionally design professional development programs, improve the state's competency model, and inform future research related to conflict in Extension.
Descriptors: Extension Agents, Interpersonal Competence, Leadership Qualities, Training, Conflict Resolution, Professional Development, Interpersonal Relationship
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: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida