Volume 43 - Number 2 - 2002 | DOI: 10.5032/jae.2002.02022



This study addresses the relationship between Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) participants' self-perception of their leadership skills and their chapter size, length of membership, level of involvement, and involvement in an officer position. The accessible study population was 2,086 FFA members who attended the WLC during the summer of 1997. A self-selected sample of 291 FFA members completed the Leadership Skills Inventory (LSI) before the opening session of the conference. Subjects ranged from 15 to 18 years of age, with females representing 56.6% of the respondents. The LSI was developed using FFA defined indicators of personal development characteristics including: communication, decision making, working in groups, leadership, and understanding self. Size of FFA chapter, involvement in activities, and holding an officer position all showed a slight positive correlation with one or more of the WLC participants' self-perceived leadership skills.

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