2018 Members of Agricultural Organizations Leadership Survey
In a recent survey conducted at the Maine Ag Trades Show, only 58% of respondents felt that the leaders of their respective associations had adequate leadership skills.  We would like to know what leadership skills ag leaders feel they possess and what skills they would like to see developed in themselves or in their organization's officers, and/or boards.    
 
As a broad example of ag leadership, consider the following:  There is a bill in the legislature affecting your commodity.  Producers would like to get factual information to legislators about your industry and the impact of this bill on your industry.  How do you organize your commodity producers to put together an informational packet that provides that factual information?  How do you work with individual legislators to answer their questions about the impact of the bill?  How do you organize your producer group to provide written and verbal testimony on the bill when it comes up for a public hearing?  How can leadership training can be helpful in getting your message across to policy makers?
 
Answering these questions should only take 5 to 10 minutes of your time.  Thank you. 
 
1.

The current leaders of my agricultural organization:  

Define & communicate goals and objective effectively.
Yes, usually
No
Not sure
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2.

Clarify roles and expectations.

Yes, usually
No
Not sure
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3.

Listen to others.

Yes, usually
No
Not sure
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4.

Establish trust.

Yes, usually
No
Not sure
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5.

Develop a sense of teamwork.


Yes, usually
No
Not sure
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6.

Delegate tasks effectively.

Yes, usually
No
Not sure
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7.

Effectively plan organizational projects and tasks.

Yes, usually
No
Not sure
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8.

In general, I would rate the leadership skills of the current leaders of my agriculture organization as: 

Extremely skilled
Very skilled
Somewhat skilled
Not so skilled
Not at all skilled
Other  
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9.

In general, the current members and leaders of my organization share responsibility for tasks: (select from the options below)

Extremely well
Very well
Somewhat well
Not so well
Not at all well
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10.

In general, my agricultural association meetings are typically conducted (Select from the options below)

Extremely efficiently
Very efficiently
Somewhat efficiently
Not so efficiently
Not at all efficiently
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11.

 In general, do you think that the leaders (officers and others) of the association(s) to which you belong have adequate leadership skills?


Yes
No
Not sure
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12.

 Which of the skills listed below do you think need to be developed for effective agricultural leadership in Maine?  Check those that apply. 


Effectively run a meeting (setting an agenda, prioritizing, basic Roberts Rules of Order, etc.)
Serve as a confident and effective communicator on behalf of ag industry
Effectively and legally handle funds
Effectively take meeting minutes
Effectively understand social, economic and political systems in order to improve enterprises and communities
Understand the legislative process
Effectively network with others
Effectively articulate opinions
Develop confidence in providing agricultural leadership
Effectively communicate with the public
Effectively manage time
Effectively set and achieve goals
Facilitate discussions among those with differing opinions
Other  
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13.

 In the space below, feel free to make additional comments related to agricultural leadership and your association.  Do not use names or identity of any individual or association.  Please be brief yet clear. 


 

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14.

The best way to deliver leadership training would be: (Check all that you think would be effective). 

One day training at a central location
One day training with follow-up
Small group intensive training
Small group intensive training with monthly check-ins
Website with leadership resources
Webinar series
Learn by mail
Website with leadership resources, newsletter/blog, archived webinars and/or video
Other  
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