Leadership competencies developed during a short-term domestic study tour: An exploration of participants’ perceptions





agricultural leadership development, domestic study tour, social capital, youth development


As short-term study abroad tours seek to develop globally competent leaders within the agricultural industry, the rich diversity present within the United States has led to the inception of short-term domestic study tours. To improve how global leadership competencies are developed among adolescent participants, understanding competencies gained during short-term international and domestic cultural immersion trips is vital. This case study analysis sought to explore state FFA officer perceptions of leadership competencies developed through participation in the National FFA Organization’s International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO) which pivoted to a domestic study tour for 2022. The findings indicate participants perceived agricultural exposure and networking with peers as the development of leadership competencies. Participants also expressed perspective shifts around agricultural production methods and varied cultural experiences in the state of California. Recommendations include designing leadership curriculum for both short-term abroad and domestic tours with a framework grounded in leadership theory and replicating this study to compare findings in various contexts. Similar studies should also be conducted to assess outcomes of leadership development programs designed by the National FFA Organization.


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How to Cite

Humphrey, N., Cline, L., & Coleman, B. (2023). Leadership competencies developed during a short-term domestic study tour: An exploration of participants’ perceptions . Advancements in Agricultural Development, 4(3), 29–40. https://doi.org/10.37433/aad.v4i3.311