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Featured Event: Keeping the Republic

an Online Discussion and Journal Magazine Launch Event

Bipartisan Handshake - Event graphic for Keeping the Republic

Join us on January 26 for a virtual discussion and discovery about what “keeping the republic”
means for each of us during these unprecedented times. Learn more.

At Third Floor Research,
we are asking the question:
What kind of leadership does it take to tackle future 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.


Some of our partners include:

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 multi-session. Deepen 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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Books, magazines and merchandise as well as tools for teaching and learning adaptable for any setting.

Kansan Portraits: A Legacy of Leadership

Explore our ongoing blog series of historic Kansans whose work and lives have honored the notion that leadership is an activity, not a position.

Harry Colmery

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Harry Colmery Birth – Dec. 11, 1890 Death—1979 Topeka attorney, author of the G.I. Bill, national commander of the...

Walter Chrysler

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Walter Chrysler Birth—April 2, 1875 Died—Aug. 18, 1940 Founder of Chrysler Corporation, auto manufacturer;...

Aaron Douglas

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Aaron Douglas Birth—May 26, 1899 Death—Feb. 2, 1979 Artist and illustrator of the Harlem Renaissance His artwork...


Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Satanta Birth: 1829 Died: Oct. 11, 1878 Kiowa War Chief, Orator Military students still study the tactical skills...

Esther Brown

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Esther Brown Born Sept. 19, 1917 Died May 24, 1970 Civil Rights Advocate Most Kansans may be familiar with John...

Karen Humphreys

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Karen Humphreys 1948 – First woman to serve as federal magistrate judge for U.S. District Court for the District...

Susanna Salter

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Susanna Salter Birth: March 2, 1860 Death: March 17, 1961 First woman elected mayor in nation She was elected as a...

Langston Hughes

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Langston Hughes Birth: Feb. 1, 1902 Death: May 22, 1967 Poet, social activist, novelist and playwright, leader of...

Louise Caldwell Murdock

Louise Caldwell Murdock Birth-1857 Death-1915 Interior Designer, Co-founder of Twentieth Century Club   Louise Caldwell Murdock provided the seed money...

Samuel Jay Crumbine

Samuel Jay Crumbine Birth-Sept. 17, 1862 Death-July 12, 1954 Public Health Pioneer This frontier doctor from Dodge City started a grassroots movement in...
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