Leadership and Learning

Leadership and Learning

Leadership and Management Development

As we transform into a high performance culture of well-being and optimal performance, we will all be called on to be leaders at the university. On the university's Excellence to Eminence web site you will find a multitude of resources that can be helpful in supporting individual growth in leadership.

Development Opportunities

Staff Leaders

Gateway 2 Management: Gateway 2 Management (G2M) - Building a Culture of Coaching is a premier higher education learning and development program for managers. The program's mission is to engage managers and supervisors in skill building experiences to strengthen and build their capacity to achieve the university's goals and model our institutional values.

For more information and to explore possibilities of bringing G2M to your unit please contact the Learning and Development Consultants - Molly Driscoll 247-8293 and Jane Ferrier 292-4319

Leader Series: The Leader Series will help mid-level staff leaders explore leadership issues, engage with other leaders on campus  and experience enhanced personal growth and effectiveness.    Each quarter, the program will offer workshops, webcasts, and discussion groups around leadership themes such as growing yourself as a remarkable leader (fall), relating with others (winter), building and sustaining an engaged, high performing team (spring) and leading change effectively (summer). 

  • Workshops: Bringing leaders together to explore ideas, resources, and advice to address organizational challenges. Register online.
  • Recorded Webcasts: Featuring world-renowned leaders, including John Maxwell, Marshall Goldsmith, and David Rock, these sessions are available on Carmen around the clock for anytime learning. To view a webcast, log in to Carmen, click Join in the navigation bar; click Join again on the instructions page; select Leader Series; click Register to enroll. These webcasts are powerful tools to use for your own personal development, in a staff meeting or in coaching conversations. Check out the ‘Leader Discussion Tool'.  Consider engaging your leadership team in a targeted segment of the broadcast for a brief yet powerful conversation about leadership effectiveness.   You also might find it useful for coaching conversations.
  • Books and Articles:
    • A Survival Guide for Leaders by Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky for Harvard Business Review, June, 2002.
    • Which Workplace Habits Do You Need to Break to Become More Successful? written by Marshall Goldsmith for Journal for Quality and Participation, Summer, 2007.
    • What Got You Here Won't Get You There written by Marshall Goldsmith (2007), offers valuable insights and guide to help leaders become aware of and eliminate their dysfunctions in order to move forward effectively in their work and relationships with others.
    • The Inspiring Leader by John Zenger, Joseph Folkman and Scott Edinger (2009), reveals the authors' research on how top leaders inspire teams to greatness, including the nine behaviors exhibited by the most successful leaders and how to implement them. Drawing from statistically significant data and objective empirical evidence, the book shows how to establish a clear vision and direction, use the power of emotions, create stretch goals for your team, foster innovation and risk taking, encourage teamwork and collaboration, champion change, and much more.

Senior Leaders

Senior Leaders - Includes deans, vice presidents, vice provosts, associate deans, associate vice presidents, associate vice provosts, department chairs and school directors

  • Executive Coaching: An important component of Ohio State's talent strategy is developing leaders through executive coaching. Put in place in 2010, this offering directly aligns with the university's aspiration of creating and sustaining a high performance culture. High level, experienced leadership coaches guide the process to enhance individual and organizational performance. Robust matching, tracking and evaluation systems are in place to ensure high level results.  View more information in the executive coaching program brochure.
  • Executive Onboarding: Ohio State offers a 12-month onboarding process for executive senior leaders (e.g. deans, vice presidents and senior leaders in critical roles) intended to lay the foundation for leader success and extraordinary performance. The leader is paired with a transition coach for the full 12 months. The process is designed to help the new leader build relationships, understand culture and achieve results at the individual, organizational unit and university levels. The onboarding process begins at the time of employment acceptance and ends one year after the leader's start date. For more information, contact Organizational Leadership and Effectiveness.
  • Project CEOS: The goal of Project CEOS (Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State) is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers through research-based interventions that transform the workplace culture. The current programs within this project include leadership training for deans and department chairs, entrepreneurship training for women faculty in the STEM colleges, peer mentoring for women leaders in the STEM colleges and action-learning teams (including deans, chairs, faculty, staff and others).

Academic Leaders

  • Academic Leader Development (ALD) - for academic leaders in positions of department chair, school director, dean, associate and assistant dean.
  • Presidents and Provost's Leadership Institute (PPLI) - a partnership between The Women's Place and the Office of Human Resources, this offering is an intensive, two-year, cohort program designed to allow participants to engage in both performance appraisal and professional development.  This program assists leaders in developing themselves and their leadership skills so that they become highly effective in the academic environment.
  • ACE Fellows Program - Faculty participants, chosen by their home institution (OSU), called ACE Fellows, attend three two-day seminars over the course of a year.  The heart of the program has participants spending an extended period of time on another campus, working directly with presidents. This enables them to immerse themselves in the culture, policies and decision-making processes of another institution.  Fellows participate in key meetings and events, take on special projects and assignments, attend three week-long national seminars, visit other campuses and make contact with a national network of higher education leaders.
  • CIC Leadership - Each year approximately 50 department heads and chairs from CIC universities (the Big 10 plus University of Chicago) come together for a unique leadership development seminar. Topics at this three-day event range from conflict resolution and time management to faculty development, performance reviews and group problem solving.