The primary purpose of this study was to assess the perceived leadership abilities of rural women in a region of Northern Greece. Specific objectives were: (1) To determine the perceived leadership ability of rural women in the area and identify facets of this ability according to certain criteria, (2) to detect selected personal characteristics of women residing the area, such as age, marital status, highest level of schooling completed, community size, leadership experience, raising environment, work activities, involvement in agriculture, and main family engagement, and (3) to search for relations of the perceived leadership ability of the rural women with selected personal characteristics as variables. Next, to find out the relationships of the perceived leadership ability facets of the rural women with these characteristics, in identifying profiles describing the rural fitting to the leadership items. Data were collected by the use of a questionnaire, which was administered, through personal interviews, to a representative random sample of 500 women coming from 46 villages and small towns (below 5.000 habitants) of Thessaloniki region, Greece. Findings include information on personal characteristics as well as on their leadership ability. Statistical techniques such as reliability analysis, non-linear principal component analysis and categorical regression were employed in meeting the objectives. According to the findings, profiles of the rural woman were recognized which might be useful information as tools for the extension planners as well as for the local extension agents.


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