Understanding and addressing the leadership needs of communities is important to program development of Cooperative Extension. As an initial step in the development of an instrument that could measure the effectiveness of leadership development programs upon the leadership skills of community leaders, the researchers used data from focus groups and interviews to assess community leaders’ practices and behaviors as related to Kouzes and Posner’s framework (2007). The themes identified provide strong evidence of leadership practices and behaviors of community leaders. The findings suggest that the Kouzes and Posner's instrument, the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), can be modified to become an assessment tool for use with community group leaders.
Keywords: leadership, community leaders, focus groups