Leadership Development

Welcome leaders, managers and supervisors.

The most important influence on an organization’s health and productivity is its leadership. Newly promoted managers may face some challenges that come with the new responsibilities and expectations of their new role. Ensuring you get a strong start is critical to the long-term success of their college or unit and the university. Whether you are new to management or new to managing at Ohio State you will find the tip sheets, videos, programs and resources here a valuable asset as you make the transition to manager.

Leading has never been more challenging. We are living in a world of constant change and leaders need to be able to understand and adapt to the changes quickly to ensure we have engaged, productive teams. We realize experienced leaders often have minimal time and constant interruptions. Here you will find a variety of blended learning programs, videos and e-learning opportunities all with cutting-edge, highly relevant content you can access anywhere, anytime. You play an important part in engaging your team and achieving the mission of our university.

Click on the categories below for tools, resources, and workshops to further develop your leadership skills.

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Be a Great Manager

Follow these strategies to be a leader others want to follow.

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Manage Your Employees

Managers play a crucial role in engaging the team and accomplishing results together.  Here at Ohio State, it’s also important to know what it means to work in the public sector.

Leader and Manager Coaching

A professional coach can change your life – and not just your work life. They can help you become more self-aware, work through problems that may be holding you back, and expand your leadership capacity for larger roles. Manager coaching can benefit the team and unit/college as well by increasing leaders’ abilities to motivate and engage their teams to achieve results together.


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Manager Conversations

As a manager, effective conversations are key to building relationships with your direct reports and can enhance their growth and success, encourage them to stay and help them navigate life events such as a chronic illness. Explore examples of conversations you may have as a manager and use the available strategies, sample questions, and tips to enhance your effectiveness in the “moments that matter” to employees.

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Build Relationships

Decades of research show that the better our relationships are at work, the happier and more productive we are going to be. When we have good working relationships:

  • Our work is more enjoyable
  • People are more likely to accept the changes we want to make
  • We are more creative and innovative
  • We are more engaged and committed
  • Our career will flourish
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Create a Positive Team Culture

Leaders set the tone for a work culture that is positive and taps into everyone’s unique strengths and motivations.  A great leader is also a model for work life balance and stepping up to challenges.

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Manage Change Effectively

Change and transition are inevitably within an organization. Great leaders understand the dynamics of change and are able to move through it with resilience. They are adept at helping the team move through many types of change, including transitions to new processes, expectations, and mindsets.

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Available Classes

BuckeyeLearn is a university-wide online training tool, allowing learning and training opportunities to be easily accessed by the university community of faculty, staff and student employees. Check out the following instructor-led and online classes offered by the Office of Human Resources in Buckeye Learn.