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The OSU Leadership Center is led 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. 

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.


     This year, we are celebrating 30 years of hands-on workshops and strength-based training activities to both organizations and individuals.

     “Our workshops are accessible, affordable and applicable. Our participants leave with new ideas and tools that they can apply immediately,” said Beth Flynn. 

     In effort to continue providing these opportunities, now through the end of Spring 2021, all workshops and sessions will be online in order to protect the health of our participants and facilitators due to coronavirus. 

     Instructor Tom Stewart said, “I think these workshops are important because it helps people transform their lives. Nothing is more important than being able to really improve someone’s life and in many cases the Leadership Center does just that!”

     Communication and conflict management, strength-based training, leadership development and team building are just some of the courses offered by the center. 

     Stewart added, “I think the future is unlimited for the Ohio State Leadership Center. I actually think we are just scratching the surface right now. There is great potential for this program to expand.”

To find additional information about the Ohio State Leadership Center, visit our website, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow our social media accounts. 


2020-2021 Annual Report

Quotes of the Day

Adversity causes men to break; other to break records.

- William Ward -

Let us be brave in the face of adversity.

- Seneca -

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.

- Anonymous -

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.

- Maya Angelou -

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.

- Walter Lippmann -

         

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Testimonials

The What Will it Be Today? Conflict, Compete or Collaborate workshop focus was on me, and what I can do to change how I act in conflict situations. I gained greater understanding that I can not change the way others act...

Vicki Schwartz

Beth Flynn’s workshop on Strengths Finder that I attended was well structured and interactive with other participants.  I was ready to learn more after the session and even asked what’s next.

Frank Gibson, Program Manager

Dr. King did a good job of explaining the material in a way that made it easy to relate to and use in our own situation.

Workshop Participant

Beth Flynn cares deeply about your leadership skills. There is no better guide for your learning journey.

Jim Canterucci, ELCircle

Beth Flynn’s Leadership Moments provide very helpful leadership insights.  They are short, so I read them even when I am busy, and they reference a quality leadership resource so I can delve further into the...

Cathie Leimbach, Agon Leadership

         

Our Blog

By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, March 02nd, 2021
  1. “Provides frequent feedback. Employees (especially younger ones) live in a world where most feedback is instantaneous. They expect it and will wilt and underperform without it.
  2. Generates opportunities for reality advice. We all have blind spots – weaknesses that we don’t see in ourselves – and reality advice helps your employees to grow in self-awareness.
  3. Offers encouragement. Strong leaders often forget to praise and encourage those who report to them. Coach and connect provides an opportunity to encourage your team.
By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

“Paradoxically, in our age of constant communication, the raw material of conversation has actually disappeared: listening. Genuine, real listening is a rare commodity and a great gift, because you are giving to the person you are listening to your most valuable asset: your attention.

Here are a few suggestions of how to do it right, based on the communication technique ‘active listening’ devised by Carl Rogers and Richard Farson in 1957.

“We talk about the heart every day. It’s part of our natural vocabulary. For thousands of years, we have spoken of it as more than just a pump. But have you ever really thought about what it means? When we say somebody spoke from the heart, it means they spoke with meaning, insight, and sincerity. Or that the deeper reality of each of us is reflected when we’re following our heart.