Leadership Franklin County


Leadership Franklin County is a program of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce. In partnership with Neosho County Community College and Ottawa University, LFC offers a structured leadership development program that:

Identifies and cultivates leadership skills.
Creates awareness of challenges and opportunities in our communities.
Inspires participants to embrace the responsibilities of providing leadership.
Encourages action and involvement to enhance the quality of life in Franklin County.
The selection process for LFC is competitive. Class size is limited. Our program is open to all residents and employees of businesses in Franklin County. There are no prerequisites for the program, and all leadership experience levels are welcome.

What Leadership Franklin County Provides

A comprehensive foundation of leadership skills that equips you to make a positive impact in your community.
A one-year complimentary individual membership to the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.
Community awareness and exposure.
Opportunities for growth in conflict resolution and collaboration.
Awareness and integration of personality and leadership styles to achieve the common good.
Networking within our community and civic and service organizations.
A call to action — encouragement, confidence, and tools to implement skills and abilities in the workplace and community.

Why Apply for LFC?

  • Explore a variety of leadership principles.
  • Learn relevant application of different leadership styles.
  • Develop personal leadership style and voice.
  • Advance practical life skills to apply to everyday situations.
  • Learn more about the community through service opportunities.
  • Discover resources available locally.
  • Build relationships with fellow classmates.
  • Network with community leaders and partners.

Leadership Franklin County provides a comprehensive nine-month program that requires:

Selection, development and completion of at least eight hours of a community service opportunity (This requires additional time and effort outside of class sessions).
Attendance at two public meetings, two civic meetings and two Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce events (e.g., school board, city commission, county commission, Rotary, Optimist Club, Chamber Coffee). Two of these meetings or events must be outside of your home city. A list will be available at orientation. This requirement must be completed by April 18 to qualify for graduation.
Participation is required in all class sessions. Sessions are full days, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What Sponsors Provide

Participants in Leadership Franklin County can be sponsored by their employer, civic group or organization or be self-sponsored. The 2019-20 tuition is $450 per class member. This fee includes instructor costs, materials, travel, lunches, and refreshments. Financial assistance is available.


  • Support the mission and purpose of Leadership Franklin County.
  • Facilitate attendance at the required class sessions.
  • Provide financial support.

Email [email protected] or call 785.242.1000 with questions.