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Leadership Initiative

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Leadership matters.

Positive, lasting impacts on organizations in our communities and beyond can only be affected by leaders. Therefore, our work at The Ohio State University directly impacts the quality of life in our community. It is our responsibility to develop the next generation of world leaders who will confront the various challenges facing society.

This is the ultimate goal of the Fisher Leadership Initiative at The Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business — to be the world’s leader in connecting leadership research to experiential leader development and practical solutions to leadership problems.

awarded in research grants since 2017
BUILD assessments delivered

BUILD assessment


The Leadership Initiative connects all of our products to our comprehensive, evidence-based leadership model – BUILD. The BUILD Leadership Model contains:

  • A 360 degree leadership assessment.
  • Online leadership development modules.
  • Lead Read Today – a leadership blog that connects and applies evidence-based research to leadership and management best practices.
  • Leadership development workshops
  • Leadership consulting

Learn more about BUILD


Leadership Research Grant and Academic Conference

For the second year in a row, the Fisher Leadership Initiative has supported a research grant program for the study of leadership. This unique program allows scholars from across Ohio State to apply for funding for research on leadership through the lens of any academic discipline. Learn more

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


The Fisher Leadership Initiative contributes to the scholarly community by publishing our work in top academic journals. Read our latest publications here.

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