Who sends these “Minutes”?
Many of the most faithful readers of our Leadership Minutes know little, if anything, about their publisher, the Ross Leadership Institute. As we begin another year, the Board and the Founders of the Ross Leadership Institute wish to introduce the Institute to its most important constituency.
The Ross Leadership Institute was founded in 2012 by Dr. Paul Otte, former President of Franklin University, who originated the concept of a center for leadership training. Paul understood that authentic leaders are always works-in-progress. As a life-long educator, he wanted to continue his work and enlisted the support of a group of his colleagues and, most importantly, of Elizabeth “Libby” Ross. Mrs. Ross and her husband had been long-time supporters of Paul’s work. Libby Ross made a modest financial contribution to Paul’s new venture. The Institute, by the way, would have been named for Mr. and Mrs. Ross whether or not there was a financial contribution. Paul held the Ross family in the highest regard because of their civic leadership and past contributions to many good works, including Paul’s.
To say that Paul “founded” the Ross Leadership Institute is something of an understatement. He was its driving force, inspiration, head cheerleader, chief cook and bottle washer. In short – without Paul Otte there would be no Ross Leadership Institute. We lost Paul late last year, but the momentum he established has been sufficient to continue his work.
The Ross Leadership Institute is a 501 (c) (3) organization that operates on a very lean budget, and is supported largely by volunteers. It exists to support the growth of men and women who want to be ethical, principled and effective leaders. Our “products” are the daily Leadership Minute you enjoy; periodic Leadership Institutes – workshops organized for other organizations as in-house leadership training; Leadership Hours – monthly presentations by a diverse group of leaders on the campus of Otterbein University; and books published through the Institute on a variety of leader-related topics.
All of the Ross Leadership Institute’s products are (or soon will be) available on or through our website.
Tomorrow – What can I do?