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What Brings People To Leadership Roles: A Phenomenological Study Of Beef Industry Leaders, B. Lynn Gordon May 2011

What Brings People To Leadership Roles: A Phenomenological Study Of Beef Industry Leaders, B. Lynn Gordon

Public Access Theses and Dissertations from the College of Education and Human Sciences

Leadership and volunteerism have been deeply studied in the literature. However, little research could be found studying the role of volunteer peer leaders in non-formalized leadership roles in membership based organizations. This phenomenological study was designed to explore the experience of beef industry leaders in leadership roles.

Twelve beef industry leaders active at the local, state, and national level of beef industry membership organizations were interviewed and described their experience as leaders. Interview transcripts were coded and analyzed for themes. A definition of industry leadership was developed by the researcher based on the data gathered and themes which emerged. Industry ...