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Welcome to the OSU Leadership Center Website

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

Creativity is finding new things... or expressing old truths in new ways.

- Roger vol Oech -

I never worry about action, only inaction.

- Winston Churchill -

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

- Oscar Wilde -

The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be one's own self.

- Montaigne -

War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.

- Martin Luther King, Jr. -

         

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Testimonials

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’s Leadership Moments provide very helpful leadership insights.  They are short, so I read them even when I am busy, and they reference a quality leadership resource so I can delve further into the...

Cathie Leimbach, Agon Leadership

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 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

As an HR Manager of a large automotive company, I frequently forward the OSU Leadership tips onto our supervisory staff.  Although a lot of times the content may seem basic or common sense like, it is good for...

Kim Schumm, HR Manager, Alex Products Inc.

         

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)."