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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 32 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. 

    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

Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back.

- Babe Ruth -

Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others; belong to us as well.

- Voltaire -

Confidence is contagious. So is the lack of confidence.

- Vince Lombardi -

The only truly happy people are children and the creative minority.

- Jean Caldwell -

All leadership is influence.

- John C. Maxwell -

         

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Testimonials

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

I read Leadership Moments regularly and I often bring up postings at our Marketing Meetings in the Center for Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.  One particular posting talked of the Eight Commandments of...

Rebecca Bias, Assistant Director, CLLC

I attended Beth Flynn’s Strength-Finder workshop about two year ago but continue to use the skills Beth taught in the class.  It is my desire to take another one of her classes, as I found the information and...

Janice M. Whitmire, Admin. Asst., OSU

I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate receiving the leadership moments.  MANY times in the past year when I have been faced with a difficult decision, tough task or just needed a work of inspiration I...

Leadership Moment Subscriber

I was a bit apprehensive at first as I was afraid the strength finders would point out my weaknesses.  But in fact the training helps me understand my natural inclination of how I interact with others because of my...

Vicki Schwartz

         

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.