Leadership Greater Topeka

Leadership Greater Topeka (LGT) 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.

The goals and objectives of LGT are to challenge and motivate traditional and non-traditional leaders by teaching adaptive leadership competencies through information, dialogue and hands-on experience, so participants are better prepared to strengthen and transform the Topeka and Shawnee County 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. 

Chamber membership is not a requirement for participation.

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

  • Leadership Skills: Gallup’s Clifton Strengthsfinder Assessment, change, collaboration, consensus, facilitation, visioning and steps to a learning community.
  • Community Leadership: The activity of leadership to effectively represent, protect and strengthen the communities interest.
  • Adaptive Leadership: Is a practical leadership framework that helps individuals and organizations adapt and thrive in challenging environments. It is being able, both individually and collectively, to take on the gradual but meaningful process of change. These leadership training principles are supported through partnership with the Kansas Leadership Center.

The program is funded through tuition, scholarships and business sponsorships.

For additional information, you are encouraged to email