The world needs principled leaders who can make a lasting impact on their organizations, their communities and beyond. Fisher College of Business is committed to creating ideas, encouraging scholars, and developing leaders who positively impact their communities and the world. We are dedicating new energy and investment into leadership via research, community partnerships, and individualized and experiential development opportunities.

The Fisher Leadership Initiative is proud to announce the launch of Lead Read Today, an authoritative and balanced source for leadership news and insights designed to enhance your leadership practices. The platform provides timely and relevant content and includes daily headlines, blogs, opinion pieces, videos, profiles of future leaders, and translated, leadership-focused research. Visit Lead Read Today at

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Research and Outreach

We contribute to the scholarly community by sponsoring research across campus, collaborating with other colleges, establishing world-class research agendas, and publishing our work in top academic journals.

Our Leadership Model

We have developed a comprehensive leadership assessment to measure individual leadership competency, behavior, and skills. Learn more

Leadership Research Grant

In October 2018, Fisher Leadership Initiative awarded over $52,000 in funding to projects focused on the academic study of leaders and leadership during its second offering of this program. The 12 recipients span numerous disciplines representing eight colleges within Ohio State. The application process for the 2018-2019 academic year is closed, but click here for more information about the program.

On the afternoon of April 11, 2019, current grant recipients will present their project results at the Leadership Initiative Academic Conference. Click here for complete list of projects and conference schedule.

Leader Behavior Description Questionnaire (LBDQ)

Developed by Ohio State Leadership Studies team and R. Stogdil, in 1963, the LBDQ is widely used to assess and describe leader behaviors. Learn more

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Certificate in Leadership

Dean's Leadership Academy

“Leadership and the ability to lead with principles is foundational to any business or organization and is critical to individual personal development,” said Anil K. Makhija, dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business at Fisher. “We’re excited to broaden the scope of the DLA with a program that provides the next generation of leaders with the skills, experiences and personal feedback so critical to leadership development. We look forward to helping establish Fisher College of Business as today’s destination for tomorrow’s leaders.”

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