Many Extension professional associations have had trouble getting members to participate in national leadership opportunities. The study reported here examined the perception of members of a national Extension professional organization (NAE4-HA) regarding specific leadership actions. It found the single act of taking on a leadership position alters individuals' perceptions of leadership, directly driving their desires to be involved or not. Creating a sense of belonging and inclusiveness with the general membership can greatly improve the quality of the leadership experiences these individuals have, reinforcing their desire to affiliate and identify with being part of an association at the national level.
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Lamm, A., Nistler, D., & Stedman, N. (2012). Identifying the Factors Influencing Professional Volunteer Leadership in the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents. The Journal of Extension, 50(2), Article 59. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.50.02.59