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Watch the Recording: Latinos in Teaching

View the recording of a recent Journal Live conversation, exploring what it could take to grow the ranks of Latinx educators.


At Third Floor Research,
we are asking the question: What kind of leadership does it take to tackle challenges in an increasingly changing, complex and unpredictable world?


The KLC Path


Anyone can lead, anytime, and anywhere. Our leadership path will teach you how. Change the way you manage yourself and mobilize others. Transform your leadership skills and become more effective in solving problems with our three-step leadership development path. 

What makes the Kansas Leadership Center different?

Leadership is a skill that can be developed through learning and practice. The principles and competencies covered at KLC can help anyone hone the skills needed to successfully confront problems that exist in organizations and communities. KLC is different in that it focuses on helping people from all positions, backgrounds and sectors learn the same four competencies of leadership.

We believe leadership is an activity, not a position, and anyone can learn to exercise leadership at any time. KLC has trained thousands of people worldwide around these four competencies which help people better diagnose problems and situations, manage themselves, energize others around a common purpose and intervene in ways that are more skillful and successful.

Register to redefine leadership today.


Learn our framework of tested leadership behaviors.


Practice the activity of leadership in a real-time, safe environment.


Receive feedback and support from a team of skilled teachers and coaches.


Leave with a plan to apply the ideas where you live and work.


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Our Programs

To ensure that our training remains accessible during the pandemic, our programs are currently offered as interactive virtual experiences. 

Your Leadership Edge

A 2-day foundational training that introduces core concepts in KLC’s powerful leadership framework.

Lead for Change

Continue learning with this deeper dive into KLC’s framework. Strengthen your skills and confidence to engage others.

Equip to Lead

Learn to build a culture of leadership where you live, work or volunteer in this 2-day program.

Your Leadership Edge (Self-paced)

A complete online training course. Learn and practice at your own pace, anytime.


Advanced programs for trainers, coaches and other leadership development professionals.

Avanzando Juntos

Aprenderá a ver el liderazgo de manera diferente inscribiéndose en el único programa en español de KLC.

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Find announcements from our Newsroom, consider thought leadership from KLC staff, teachers and coaches, discover the latest articles from Third Floor Research, hear about our efforts to Beat the Virus in Kansas and enjoy our series of “Kansan Portraits.”

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Third Floor Research: Call for Proposals

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Announcing Recipients of 2022 Leadership Transformation Grants

October 20, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kansas Leadership Center announces recipients of 2022 Leadership Transformation Grants Wichita, Kan. – The Kansas...

News Release: Kansas Beats the Virus Evaluation Report

September 29, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New research on grassroots pandemic activism finds personal connections, shared purpose empowered Kansans to take...

Applications Open for Leadership Transformation Grants

August 4, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kansas Leadership Center now accepting applications for 2022 Leadership Transformation Grants Wichita, Kan. – The Kansas...

KLC Announces Development Grants to Organizations Serving Communities of Color

July 14, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kansas Leadership Center awards grants and support to Kansas organizations serving communities of color   Wichita,...

Voices on Vaccinations

“Voices on Vaccinations” Campaign Elevates the Conversation on COVID-19 Vaccination with Diverse Kansas Communities   In an effort to build awareness of...

A. A. Hyde

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald A. A. Hyde (March 2, 1848—Jan. 10, 1935) Philanthropist, developer of Mentholatum   Two things drove A. A....

Clementine Paddleford

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Clementine Paddleford (September 27, 1898—November 13, 1967) Food writer, journalist, pilot and explorer Before...

Charles Sheldon

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Charles Sheldon (Feb. 26, 1857—Feb. 24 1946) Minister, Author, Peace Advocate Charles Sheldon was a minister,...

Organizational Impact and Leadership Development Capacity

Impact on Organizations of Partnering with Kansas Leadership Center to Develop Leadership Capacity GAP Most leadership development programs focus on a select...

Congratulations, Matt O’Malley

We are proud to announce that KLC alumnus Matt O’Malley of Pittsburg, Kansas is this year’s winner of the Ron Alexander Scholarship. Each year, in honor of...