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Welcome to the OSU Leadership Center 


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

Individual commitment to a group effort ,that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

- Vince Lombardi -

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

- James Thurber -

"Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better."

- Senator Bill Bradley -

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders not more followers.

- Ralph Nader -

There is no security on this earth, only opportunity.

- Douglas MacArthur -

         

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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

Honestly I thought this MBTI staff development wouldn't really have an effect on the things I do but I was wrong.  Jeff King is awesome and would greatly enjoy him returning work.

Workshop Participant

I would like to offer my testimonial about receiving Leadership Moments. I am a huge fan. I really enjoy that introduce me to new books on leadership. The suggested books have been amazing and I feel that they have...

Marie Robinette, Central Ohio Trauma System

You are truly inspirational in your approach, and I credit you with helping me create and grow my new business.  Any time you need a reference, let me know; you've got it!

Workshop Participant

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

         

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.