Program Details

Leadership Badge

Program Components

Participants will have the opportunity to complete all of the following components through the year-long, executive-level leadership experience:

  • Self-assessments and deep-dive reflection with the Ohio State University's Center for Leadership Development (December)
  • Spring workshop sessions (topics chosen by cohort)
  • Virtual workshops, webinars, and discussions (topics chosen by cohort)
  • Executive mentorship and project
  • Peer-based coaching and training
  • Book club sessions led by LDPE alumni and university leaders
  • Summer Graduation Capstone Retreat and leadership panel feedback
  • Access to LDPE Alumni and other resources


Participants selected for the program must:

  • Aspire to a leadership role as part of their career path.
  • Demonstrate capacity for leadership and a tolerance for ambiguity.
  • Demonstrate trouble-shooting and problem-solving ability.
  • Perform current assignments with proper follow through and attention to detail.
  • Show evidence of successfully expanding scope of responsibilities within current assignments.
  • Express a willingness to test current expectations of leadership and develop a realistic understanding of University leadership positions.
  • Be willing to advance the Oregon State University Mission, Vision, and SP 4.0.


    In order to graduate from the program, participants are expected to:

    • Complete self-assessment materials as assigned
    • Attend two face-to-face deep-dive sessions (December + Capstone)
    • Attend all virtual leadership or in-person activities/trainings, including orientation and coaching sessions, and complete all assigned readings/Book clubs
    • Complete experience as a “leadership fellow” (spring project) that will range from 10-20% of a participant’s time for a period not to exceed three months
      • Projects may be distinct from current work or may be related
    • Participate in evaluation of program, including personal interviews and surveys

    LDPE Best Practices, Tips, and Advice

    • LDPE is a journey. Use it to ask leaders any/all questions:
      • What is on their mind
      • What was their career journey
      • What scares them about leadership
      • Why do they like their job
      • What is leadership to them
      • How do you support other leaders
      • *Use these for project planning, coaching, and mentoring question prompts
    • Embrace the cohort model
    • Ask for what you need. Reach out to alumni or LDPE leadership for advice
    • Leadership development shouldn’t be cut and dry; embrace discomfort


    Program operation costs (meeting rooms, assessment fees, presenters, meals as appropriate) will be covered by each division, department, or college, and billed half in spring, and half at the conclusion of the program (fall). Cost per participant is typically around $5000 for the ten-month experience.

    Note: Extension Program Leaders and Regional Directors are very supportive of finding funding for this program, as are CAS leaders. Additionally, quarterly professional development funds may be applied to the program costs. Feel free to reach out if you need support in this capacity.