PITTSBURG — The Kansas Leadership Center has clocked a lot of miles this week as part of its leadership tour across the state. Over 3,600 in fact, some of which led them to Pittsburg last Friday. The hour long training held at the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas was free and open to the public.

KLC is a non profit organization that provides leadership training with a goal of creating better communities. According to a release by KLC they have provided more than 10,000 people with training since they opened in 2007.

“I’m excited to be back in Pittsburg,” said KLC Director of Business Initiatives Thomas Stanley. “There are some great things going on here.”

Stanley explained that at the core KLC wants people to realize that leadership is not a position, but an activity that anyone, anywhere can become better at.

“What we have found is that this program is really good at getting people or groups unstuck,” Stanley said “We help people move forward and get more ideas, more people working on a problem to help advance toward a solution.”

The program which offers longer more extensive training in Kansas City and Wichita, highlights the importance of as many individuals as possible being involved and pulling toward a common goal.

“...Imagine what this city could look like if we had more residents trained to provide greater leadership, more action and better outcomes,” said president and CEO of the Kansas Leadership Center Ed O’Malley in a recent release.

Attendants to the conference were varied, from teachers and mental health workers to two members of the Pittsburg City Council.

Pittsburg City Council member Dawn McNay explained she has been to previous trainings by the KLC, and thinks the skills taught would benefit the city.

“We have a lot of great people on advisory committees,” McNay said. “This may help us look at some combined leadership, and ways to energize those committees.”

Participant Lynette Downing said she hoped the training would help her reach out and inspire others to have their voices heard.

“In some cases we have very few people willing to speak up,” Downing said. “Leadership training may assist with that. For example, we need more people in poverty involved in the discussion on how to fix it.”

More information on the Kansas Leadership Center can be found on their website kansasleadershipcenter.org.