Buchanan said that while working on another book about the importance of agriculture research he saw many instances “where leadership has made the difference in success.”
“Likewise, there are many situations where lack of effective leadership has hampered success of agriculture,” said Buchanan of Tifton, Ga., who was an administrator in both Alabama and Georgia agriculture and served as USDA chief scientist and undersecretary for research, education and economics. “The success of agriculture made possible our civilization, and the continued success of agriculture will ensure the viability of our civilization. Character and leadership are inseparable. On countless occasions I have seen situations where character made the difference in effective leaders.”
John Patrick Jordan, Clarke and Buchanan agreed that a pivotal part of the book is the leadership analysis by Kelly Jordan at the end of each case study.
Kelly Jordan, a retired U.S. Army officer who developed leaders for five years at the Culver Academies in Culver, Ind. before becoming the dean of students at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Ind., gives an outsider’s look at the leadership methods described in each case study pointing to the character traits and virtues that made a difference in the outcomes.
“Leadership in Agriculture: Case Studies for a New Generation” is available at most online book suppliers or at Texas A&M University Press Consortium, http://www.tamupress.com/.