Baughman and Bruce assessed the leadership skills of the population of commissioners of agriculture in the United States. Quantitative research methods were used to describe Commissioner’s self-perceived proficiency levels in six leadership skill areas. Qualitative research methods were used to make meaning of the quantitative results. Commissioners identified their greatest strength in Knowledge of the Industry, but felt least proficient in Technical Skills. An opportunity exists for professional development opportunities to address those competencies where Commissioners feel less proficient.