Over the next decade, if Extension can attract and retain young professionals, the current leadership will have the opportunity to select the most creative and bright among them to serve in leadership positions across the country. Extension needs a paradigm shift—the most influential leaders beat to a different drum. We must collectively adopt the leadership practices that work and stop doing things that do not add value. Future leaders must possess soft skills, be adept communicators, be proactive while quick to respond, and be willing to create a flattened organizational structure that encourages creativity and innovation from the bottom up.
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Seger, J., & Hill, P. (2016). The Future of Extension Leadership Is Soft Leadership. The Journal of Extension, 54(5), Article 21. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.54.05.21