Research

Broadly speaking, I am interested in researching about leadership. Well, leadership challenges are all around us. According to Rosenthal (2012), about sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans believe that there is a leadership crisis in the U.S., and the confidence of the U.S public in leadership is low. While traditional approaches to leadership have taken a leader-centered approach, critical approaches argue that leadership is constantly shared between leaders and followers, with followers having an active role to play in the leadership process. According to Bjugstad, Thach, Thompson & Morris (2006), effective followers make leaders better by thinking critically and participating actively in their relationship with leaders.  This line of thinking has informed my research interest. To this end, I am interested in researching about the impact of followership on the outcome of leadership and the effective interactions between leaders and followers in the leadership process. Moreover, since my conceptualization of leadership views leadership as a collective rather than individualistic process, I am interested in studying these interactions in the context of a team whether in a business organization, educational settings, or social systems. While this is a relatively new area of inquiry in the leadership field, its potential results promise to contribute immensely to our knowledge of leadership and followership.

I am also interested in:

  • Youth leadership development
  • Teaching and learning in higher education pedagogy
  • International development through agricultural and extension education

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

  • Kaufman, E.K, Alegbeleye, I., Cletzer, D.A. (2018, October). Leadership discourses: What we can learn from students’ definitions of leadership. A workshop presentation at the ILA 20th Annual Global Conference
  • Alegbeleye, I., Kaufman, E., Friedel, C. (2018, July). Self-Perceived Youth Leadership Life Skills Development Outcome of Virginia Governor’s School of Agriculture: A Case Study. A poster presentation at the Association of Leadership Educators Annual Conference
  • Kaufman, E.K, Alegbeleye, I., Cletzer, D.A. (2018, July). Leadership discourses: exploring students’ definitions of leadership. A workshop presentation at the Association of Leadership Educators Annual Conference
  • Oladayo O., & Alegbeleye, I. (2018, March). Methodological choices in indigenous settings: The need to decenter euro-western worldviews among evaluators. A paper presentation at the Emergent Voices in Evaluation Conference
  • Alegbeleye, I., Anderson, J., Gichane, W. (2018, February). Why Senegalese professors are not engaging in learner-centered instructional strategies in higher education pedagogy. A poster presentation at the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy.
  • Illukpitiya, P., Alegbeleye, I., Ekanem, E., & Tegegne, F. (2017). Economic utilization of agricultural waste for bioenergy production. A poster presentation at the Southern Agricultural Economics Association 49th Annual Conference