Leadership Advisory Boards
Leadership Advisory Boards (LABs) are diverse groups of volunteers who are responsible for the overall Extension program in their counties. They provide the vision and long-term planning for Extension activities, serve as advocates for the county program, help interpret the program throughout the county, and help develop resources to support Extension programs.
History has proven that the most successful county programs and county Extension agents, are the ones in which their Leadership Advisory Board is active and engaged in directing the programming efforts of county Extension efforts.
The following resources all relate to working with Leadership Advisory Boards. Some of the resources illustrate how to interact with and manage LAB volunteers, while others are tools you may use to instruct LAB volunteers.
Overview of Leadership Advisory Boards
Seven Basic “Leadership Styles”
Being an Advocate
History of Cooperative Extension
Networking within Communities
Interpreting Extension Programs through LABs
Extension’s Program Development Resources
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s program development process is where all of our educational programs are derived. Leadership Advisory Boards are critical components within the program development process. Refer to the Program Development Guide to understand how LABs should be involved in this important process.