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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.

Quotes of the Day

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.

- Carol Burnett -

The only test of leadership is that somebody follows.

- Robert K. Greeleaf -

Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.

- Ronald Reagan -

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

- Thomas Jefferson -

If we believed in walking down life's beaten path we would seldom make any tracks of our own.

- Victor McGuire -

         

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I have been on the mailing list for the leadership moments series for years.  It’s amazing how often the topic that is addressed is just the right information I needed that day.  I always find something...

Eva Bradshaw, Director, Fisher College of Business

I am writing to endorse the “Leadership Moments” that I only recently started receiving approximately 6 months ago as a participant of our Leadership Guernsey program. I have been in administration for the...

Rainy Oliver, Director, Guernsey Counseling Center

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

You have NO idea how much I appreciate these Leadership moments.  Today's was particularly timely.

Leadership Moments Subscriber

Beth Flynn is a great asset to The Ohio State University.  Her expertise in “Know Your Strengths” is outstanding, as is her willingness to share her passion and knowledge with members of the University...

Virginia Layton, OSU Director of Financial Services

         

Our Blog

By: Beth Flynn, Monday, November 14th, 2016

1.     Keep an open mind about the view of others

2.     Show genuine concern for other people

3.     Encourage openness and honesty

4.     Communicates clear objectives

5.     Demonstrate commitment to personal and organizational values

6.     Display confidence and capability (p. 164).”

 

What are some things you do to build trust?

 

From: Gautrey, C. (2014).  Influential leadership: a leader’s guide to getting things done.  London:  Kogan Page.

By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

“When it comes to knowing yourself, you are likely to have some blind spots.  We all do.  Unfortunately, not seeing ourselves accurately can have negative consequences.  We may over-estimate our performance and then are surprised when we are passed over for promotion.  Even when the outcomes are not as consequential, we miss opportunities to change our behavior.  Underestimating our performance can also be detrimental.  We may have done well in others’ eyes, but having a low image of our performance can cause us unnecessary stress and may make us take actions that preclude opportunities tha

By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
  1. "Be a good coach.
  2. Empower your team and don't micromanage.
  3. Express interest in team members' success and personal well-being.
  4. Don't be a sissy.  Be productive and results oriented
  5. Be a good communicator and listen to your team.
  6. Help your employees with career development.
  7. Have a clear vision and strategy for the team.
  8. Have key technical skills so you can help advise the team (p. 72-73)."