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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

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 -

What you are afraid to do is clear indication of the next thing you need to do.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson -

Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt -

Truth is what stands the test of experience.

- Albert Einstein -

Leaders don't forece people to follow they invite them on a journey.

- Chalres S. Lauer -

         

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Testimonials

Leadership Minutes are used monthly with staff training in Orleans Parish.  I have also incorporated it into various leader training with local community groups.  Thanks for making them available!

Beth Gambel, Orleans Parish 4-H Coordinator

I have been an avid reader of the OSU Leadership Moments for many years now.  I always try and read every submission.  I find the topics thought provoking and relevant.  In today’s hectic world...

Dave Celek, GM of Rimrock Corporation

We found the Spectrum Temperament Development program to be essential to building a strong team.  Beth Flynn did a wonderful job facilitating the program.  She is excellent at defining, in a non-threatening...

Robyn M. Tate, Human Resources

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

Thank you for the wonderful work you do and the words of inspiration you share with all of us.

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“Your ability to work on cross-functional teams, in matrix organizations, or across organizational boundaries is enhanced by knowing lots of people. Part of working in an organization demands that you find time to create and maintain the relationships you need to be successful.

With today’s hurry-up pace, we’ve lost the notion of making time for other people. Events designed to get employees together after work no longer hold the same interest. We eat at our desk, decline invitations for coffee, and rush to get off work.

“For years now, groups have sought to forge culture by filling offices with ping-pong tables, beanbag chairs, and happy hours. Despite this, engagement levels in these places barely budge. But there’s a better way, and it’s built on a simple distinction: Fun comes in two varieties, shallow and deep.

Shallow fun is the sugary, amusement-park enjoyment of doing pleasurable things together: games, laughter, and music. It affects groups like an adrenaline shot: It adds energy, then quickly wears off.

  • “What distinguishes the best-performing teams from the poorest-performing teams is a climate in which people feel safe in being open.
  • Creating more openness on your team starts with you opening up to your team.
  • When you are willing to admit mistakes, you are often seen as more capable, intelligent, and even more credible. People relate to and are more connected to people who seem more human.