Tressel to local educators: Leadership is 'actions you take to serve others'


Nearly every day for the past 30 years, Jim Tressel, president of Youngstown State University, had read a saying he keeps on his dresser that also acts as one of his mantras.

It says: “The Hall of Fame is only as good as long as time shall be, but keep in mind that God’s Hall of Fame is for eternity.”

That sentence goes a long way toward helping the former YSU and Ohio State University head football coach keep his roles in perspective. Being able to do so is an essential and effective leadership quality, he said during Thursday’s administrators’ conference at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, 7300 N. Palmyra Road.

“Leadership is more than a title; it’s actions you take to serve others,” Tressel told an estimated 250 school administrators from Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Portage counties about what he contends are sound leadership practices for getting the most from their students and co-workers.

Other key components are maintaining good connectivity, establishing autonomy and feeling good about oneself, Tressel noted.

Read more about his addess in Friday's Vindicator or on

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