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What is Leadership Week?

Leadership Week is a university-wide collaboration to strengthen the culture of student leadership at Ohio State. Whether you have lots of leadership experience or are new to the concept, we encourage you to attend at least one event this week to strengthen your leadership abilities in one or several of the leadership themes explored throughout the week.

Programs, lunch-and-learns, workshops, and resources will be offered to help students:

  1. Identify themselves as a leader who can develop leadership skills
  2. Challenge stereotypes and myths about leadership
  3. Build skill capacity in at least one of the seven values of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development
  4. Learn more about the leadership resources available to them across campus.
  5. Apply leadership tenets to their personal lives, majors, and career.

Sessions will be connected to at least 1 of our 5 themes for Leadership Week

  • Career Development - Developing your leadership also means that you are developing skills that will serve you in your future career path. Programs focused on Career Development will help you understand the relationships between your professional trajectory and the development of your leadership skills. 
  • Community Engagement - We believe that leadership is a process that can be learned, with the ultimate goal of bettering our communities. Programs focused on Community Engagement explore the various ways in which you, as a student, can be engaged in your community in positive and meaningful ways.
  • Inclusion - Leadership is practiced with groups of diverse people with distinct experiences and worldviews. As such, it is critical for leaders to integrate inclusive practices into their leadership style. Programs focused on Inclusion will help you learn more about diverse identities, power and privilege, and how to be a more inclusive leader.
  • Personal Exploration - Strong leadership begins with self-awareness and self-reflection. Programs focused on Personal Exploration are designed to do just that - bolster your own understanding of your strengths, your areas for growth, and the unique way you can contribute as a leader.
  • Wellness - Effective leadership and wellness go hand in hand - but sometimes leaders need a reminder about the valuable relationship between the two. Programs focused on Wellness will help you learn more about our 9 Dimensions of Wellness and how to integrate wellness into your leadership style.

To explore more about the Leadership Week themes, visit the 2020 Leadership Week highlights below!

When is Leadership Week?

Leadership Week 2020 occured October 5-9. If you missed it, check out some of the highlights below, and save the date for Leadership Week 2021: October 4-8.

Not sure where to begin?

With so many options of sessions available to you, we know it may be challenging to pick which sessions you want to attend. We have two tools to assist with this!

The Leadership Week Themes Quiz is a quick quiz we designed to help you identify which of our 5 themes you may be most interested in diving deeper into. Feel free to use this resource to help you sort through all that is available!

The Leadership Education Needs Assessment (LENA) from the Center for the Study of Student Life was created to help all students regardless of their major, year or academic level. LENA measures students’ leadership skills as they relate to four different areas: Purpose and Vision, Accomplishing Tasks, Building Relationships and Charisma. Take this 5 minute asssessment and, based on your scores, pick a session whose description matches an area in which you are hoping to improve!

Take LENA at go.osu.edu/osulena


Leadership Week 2020 Highlights

Check out some of our highlighted sessions from Leadership Week 2020 and grow as a leader as you learn more about our Leadership Week themes and putting leadership into practice everyday. 

Live from the KBK: Career Development Edition

Every morning of Leadership Week we had a conversation with campus experts to explore the five themes of Leadership Week and what those look like in practice for university leaders. For this session, we dove deeper the Career Development theme. Senior Coordinator for Student Leadership Development, Anna Wagner, was joined by Career Outreach and Events Coordinator, Carly Zeiger, and Tess Smith from the Student Employee Experience program. Featured resources mentioned:

 

Live from the KBK: Community Engagement Edition

Every morning of Leadership Week we had a conversation with campus experts to explore the five themes of Leadership Week and what those look like in practice for university leaders. For this session, we dove deeper the Community Engagement theme. Senior Coordinator for Student Leadership Development, Anna Wagner, was joined by Coordinator for Social Change, Michelle Miranda, Coordinator for Buck-I-SERV Alternative Breaks, Connor Jones, and Coordinator for Local Service Programs, AJ Johnson. Featured resources mentioned:

Live from the KBK: Inclusion Edition

Every morning of Leadership Week we had a conversation with campus experts to explore the five themes of Leadership Week and what those look like in practice for university leaders. For this session, we dove deeper the Inclusion theme. Senior Coordinator for Student Leadership Development, Anna Wagner, was joined by Intercultural Specialist for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Student Initiatives, Sophia Antoun, Coordinator for Chapter Services in Sorority and Fraternity Life, Will Cangialosi, and Director of Social Change, Charity Martin-King. Featured resources mentioned: 

Live from the KBK: Personal Exploration Edition

Every morning of Leadership Week we had a conversation with campus experts to explore the five themes of Leadership Week and what those look like in practice for university leaders. For this session, we dove deeper the Personal Exploration theme. Senior Coordinator for Student Leadership Development, Anna Wagner, was joined by Assistant Director of Buckeye Leadership Fellows, Beth Johnson, Coordinator for Leadership Initiatives within Residence Life, Leah Wheeler, and Graduate Administrative Associate for Student Leadership Programs, Brian Menard. Featured resources mentioned:

Live from the KBK: Wellness Edition

Every morning of Leadership Week we had a conversation with campus experts to explore the five themes of Leadership Week and what those look like in practice for university leaders. For this session, we dove deeper the Wellness theme. Senior Coordinator for Student Leadership Develop, Anna Wagner, was joined by Assistant Director of the Student Wellness Center, Michaela Martin, and Wellness Coordinator for Civility and Sexual Health Promotion, Nat Fiato. Featured resource mentioned: 

Practicing Everyday Leadership: A Panel Discussion with University Leaders

In Student Life, we believe that leadership is not a position, but a process and something that you practice every day. Leadership doesn’t belong to a specific type or person – it is a series of skills that can be learned and developed by anyone. This panel featured conversations between current leaders across The Ohio State University about how they practice leadership every day. Panel was moderated by Coordinator for Chapter Services in Sorority and Fraternity Life, Will Cangialosi, and featured:

  • Dr. Melissa Shivers, Vice President of Student Life
  • Lorraine Pennyman - Director, Fisher Undergraduate Leadership & Engagement Office
  • Jen Pelletier - Associate Director, Student Activities
  • Krystal Reeb - Associate Director, Student Conduct


Questions? Please contact Anna Wagner!

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in a Leadership Week event, please contact Anna Wagner at wagner.1476@osu.edu or 614-688-3515. Requests made by one week before the selected session will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.