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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, and we offer an in-depth collection of leadership-related resources for loan. 

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

There is great force hidden in gentle command.

- George Herbert -

You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.

- Harry Firestone -

Where the heart is willing it will find a thousand ways, but where it is unwilling it will find a thousand excuses.

- Dayak Proverb -

Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are.

- Franklin Roosevelt -

He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses more; but he that loses courage loses all.

- Cervantes -

         

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Testimonials

The Ohio Department of Transportation has taken advantage of the OSU 21st Century Leadership Series over the past two years to develop its leaders and improve their leadership skills. Participation in various offerings...

Dave Coyle, ODOT

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

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

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 consider Leadership Moments as an ongoing “slice” of my professional development.  Not only have they been of benefit to me, but I have taken the occasional opportunity to share with my staff and with...

Rose Wilson-Hill

         

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)."