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Extension book review series spotlights leadership

Feb. 7, 2023

By Tracy Courage
U of A System Division of Agriculture

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LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has kicked off the Leadership Book Review Series, which summarizes key themes and takeaways from a new book each month – all in the time it takes to eat lunch.

LUNCH AND LEARN — The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's  Leadership Book Review Series  summarizes key themes from a new book each month. UADA Graphic/Chris Meux

“As we get busy in our day-to-day lives, we often hear different leadership development books mentioned or quoted, and we always intend to read the books, but we get busy and never do,” said Julie Robinson, associate professor of leadership for the Division of Agriculture. “The Leadership Book Review Series will give you the opportunity to hear the CliffsNotes version of many popular leadership development books.”

The series is an outreach effort of the Division of Agriculture’s Community, Professional and Economic Development unit, which works to equip Arkansans with the leadership and organizational skills they need to better their communities.

Extension leaders from across the South will review books they have found professionally useful. All of the sessions will be offered via Zoom from 12:15-1 p.m. (CST) and are free and open to the public. The discussions will be recorded and posted to YouTube for viewing. To register for upcoming reviews or watch recordings, visit

“Each session will be no longer than 45 minutes, so this is a convenient way for busy leaders to hop on a Zoom during their lunch hour and get key takeaways from a new book,” Robinson said.

Robinson kicked off the series with a review of “Good to Great” by Jim Collins on Jan. 25. The next with be on Feb. 22 when Oklahoma State University Program and Personnel Development Specialist Cheryl Newberry reviews “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” by Simon Sinek.

Book Review Schedule

Feb. 22 — “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” by Simon Sinek, reviewed by Cheryl Newberry, program and personnel development specialist, Oklahoma State University

March 29 — “Dare to Lead: Proven Principles of Effective Leadership” by Byrd Baggett, reviewed by Brandi Bergen, extension specialist for staff development, University of Tennessee

April 26 — “Triggers: Creating Behavior that Lasts-Becoming the Person you Want to Be” ­by Marshall Goldsmith, reviewed by Tia Gregory, data management coordinator, Mississippi State University

May 31 — “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging” by Sebastian Junger, reviewed by Kristi Farner, program & staff development specialist, University of Georgia

June 28 — “The Burnout Epidemic” by Jennifer Moss, reviewed by Rochelle Sapp, leadership development specialist, University of Georgia

July 26 — “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” by Don Miguel Ruiz, reviewed by Karl Bradley, leadership development specialist, Extension Foundation

Aug. 30 — “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't” by Simon Sinek, reviewed by Hunter Goodman, assistant professor-community and workforce development, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Sept. 27 — “It’s the Manager: Moving from Boss to Coach” by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter, reviewed by Tearney Woodruff, assistant professor and extension specialist, Texas A&M

Oct. 28 — “Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation”
by Linda A. Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove and Kent Lineback, reviewed by Matt Benge, extension assistant professor, University of Florida

Nov. 29 — “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown, reviewed by Lauren Griffith, extension leadership specialist, University of Georgia

To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension. To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: Follow on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture, visit Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk.


About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Media Contact: Tracy Courage, (501) 658-2044