Leadership Greater Topeka

Leadership Greater Topeka brings together a broad cross section of both acknowledged and aspiring leaders from every corner of the community for an annual community leadership training course.

For the Greater Topeka area to grow and prosper, we need leaders from all backgrounds and vocations, who will wrestle with the challenges facing our community. The goals are to challenge and motivate traditional and non-traditional leaders by teaching Kansas Leadership Center’s adaptive leadership, dialogue, and hands-on experience, so participants are better prepared to strengthen and transform our community.

In place since 1984, Leadership Greater Topeka has more than 1,000 alumni with nearly 70% still living and active in the Topeka area. Leadership Greater Topeka alumni are challenged to apply their talents throughout the community in volunteer, appointed and elected positions.


Nominations and applications for the program are accepted each fall with the new class announced before year end. The course is offered beginning in late January and runs until mid-May with a two-day retreat and eight-day-long sessions, primarily on Fridays.

The sessions cover key community concerns in the areas of quality of life, government, crime, business and economic development, community services, education, healthcare and the media. Woven throughout the program are concepts of:

  • Adaptive/Technical Leadership Skills
  • Gallup Strengths, change, collaboration, consensus, facilitation, visioning and steps to a learning community.
  • Servant Leadership: the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead, to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs to be served.

Learn more about the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greater Topeka, by clicking here.

Other Leadership Opportunities

Forge Lead Con

The purpose of Lead Con is to showcase the different opportunities for leadership and professional development in the Topeka and Shawnee County community. The event has a speed-dating-like setup, where individuals are placed into small groups and rotate through each of the featured organizations. The 2018 date is still to be decided, head to www.topekaforge.org for more information.

Latino Leadership Collaborative

Three leading Latino organizations in Topeka, Topeka League of United Latina American Citizens (LULAC) Council, El Centro of Topeka and MANA de Topeka are joining to create a leadership development program supported by the Kansas Leadership Center. The program is the first of its kind in Kansas and invites participants looking for a unique and rigorous leadership training opportunity.

The Latino Leadership Collaborative will seek 25 participants to train and enhance the placement of Latinos on boards, organizations, committees, community projects and policy-making positions. The project aims to ensure that the Latino community realizes its full potential by increasing leadership capacity of current leaders and developing new leaders. The impact of the program will create  healthy, vibrant and prosperous Topeka community. Click here to learn more about the Latino Leadership Collaborative.