OSU Leadership Center

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Leadership Topics
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Our skilled professionals have expertise in a variety of leadership topics. Contact us for help in building your leadership capacities.
OSU Leadership Center
Our mission is to provide “research-based resources and high quality practical programs to build and strengthen leadership capacities that make a positive difference in the lives of Ohio’s citizens.”

OSU Leadership Center

Welcome to the OSU Leadership Center Website

The OSU Leadership Center is lead by a group of professionals dedicated to providing leadership-centered education and research to individuals, organizations and communities.  We provide high-quality, practical programs to build and strengthen leadership capacities, and we offer an in-depth collection of leadership-related resources for loan. 

Created in 1990, the center is located on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University and is a part of the Departments of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership and OSU Extension.  Our mission is to provide research-based resources and high quality practical programs to build and strengthen leadership capacities that make a positive difference in the lives of Ohio's citizens.

Quotes of the Day

America is too great for small dreams.

- Ronald Reagan -

Where the heart is willing it will find a thousand ways, but where it is unwilling it will find a thousand excuses.

- Dayak Proverb -

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear but around in awareness.

- James Thurber -

Imagination is intelligence having fun.

- Anonymous -

Adversity causes men to break; other to break records.

- William Ward -




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Renee Kimbell, Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor

My first affiliation with the OSU Leadership Center was through Beth Flynn as a facilitator at an off-site StrenghtsFinders session in 2013 for our group of HR professionals from across the state.  Beth did a...

Imogen Johnson, Human Resources Director

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Workshop Participant


Our Blog

By: Beth Flynn, Monday, December 01st, 2014

You show integrity when you:

  • Are truthful
  • Follow through
  • Are consistent in your behavior
  • Are discreet and keep confidences
  • Uphold unchanging principles and values
  • Always keep promises and commitments, no matter how small
  • Walk your talk
  • Don’t walk away from others’ breaches of integrity (p. 48)

What are additional ways you can show integrity?

List two promises or commitments that you have kept.  What effect did keeping these promises have in your relationships?

By: Beth Flynn, Monday, August 18th, 2014
  1. Your philosophy of life and leadership determines the process by which you lead.
  2. Your positive attitude affects everyone around you.
  3. Your experience and past history of success provides comfort and assurance as you make decisions to move forward.
  4. When you lead by example, there is nothing your people will not do for you and with you.
  5. Your “likeability” can affect the quality and effectiveness of your leadership.  Be or become likeable.
  6. Clear communication leads to understanding and action.
By: Beth Flynn, Monday, August 18th, 2014
  1. Clarity is Essential
  2. Competence is Critical
  3. Identify Your Constraints
  4. Unlock Your Creativity
  5. Concentrate Single-Mindedly
  6. Have the Courage of Your Convictions
  7. Develop Your Character
  8. Plan Every Detail in Advance
  9. Organize Your Work Before You Begin
  10. Staff Properly at Every Level
  11. Delegate Effectively
  12. Inspect What You Expect
  13. Keep the Boss Informed
  14. Focus on High Productivity