Servant leadership: Guiding extension programs in the 21st century

Kirk A. Astroth, Jeff Goodwin, Frank Hodnett

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A new set of leadership skills is required for Extension administrators for the 21st century. Past models and theories are reviewed and discussed. The old "power" model of leadership is no longer relevant. A relatively new model called "Servant Leadership" is reviewed and explained. Seven key practices of servant leadership are outlined, and the model is based on one of the oldest leadership models, Taoism. Five key steps are proposed for Extension administrators who want to lead from a new paradigm. Extension is challenged to adopt servant leadership as its model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number3FEA1
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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