A recent study was undertaken to compare two particularly successful rural communities, focusing on the importance of leadership within the community. Four significant factors set these successful communities apart from those less viable-effective communication, development of social capital, community engagement, and collaboration across and within communities. This article describes each component and provides specific suggestions for improvement. Ultimately, these factors could be used as focus areas to improve community leadership through the development of community-appropriate curricula, seminars, and workshops.
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Ricketts, K., & Place, N. T. (2009). Making Communities More Viable: Four Essential Factors for Successful Community Leadership. The Journal of Extension, 47(2), Article 12. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol47/iss2/12