University of Missouri Extension has developed an innovative online program with the focus on building better leaders beginning Jan. 21, 2019 and ending April 8, 2019. Registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

Leadership Online For Today is an interactive program that allows participants to improve communication skills, build relationships and networks, and develop a collaborative project to benefit a community or organization.

Leadership Online For Today includes 11 sessions. Each session will have a specific focus. All sessions will be accessed online.

“Participants have the ability to work at their convenience within the week’s timeframe,” Johanna Reed Adams Ph.D. MU Extension State Community Development Specialist said. “Leadership coaches and members of the program will use VoiceThread or VoiceThread-Mobile. VoiceThread is a cloud-based, asynchronous media platform that allows for sharing videos, audio recordings, text, photographs or images. Electronic communications will complement the curriculum.”

Strengths of the curriculum include convenience and flexibility to help meet the scheduling and learning needs of millennials. Although this class is online, participants will build trust and develop a sense of community with other participants as well as their leadership coach as they interact online.

Experienced leadership coaches guide the learning process by posing questions and helping members make progress toward their goals.

While the program is targeted at the millennial generation, anyone is able to apply for the program. There is a $225 registration fee and, once the program is completed, participants will receive a certificate of completion and 1.1 continuing education units. There is a fee reduction for 3 or more participants from the same organization.

Leadership Online For Today was developed with the intent to prepare emerging leaders to affect positive community change. This innovative online program allows participants to develop leadership skills at their own convenience. The program provides a unique experience for participants that will help prepare them for other leadership opportunities within the community.

For more information about the program, contact Johanna Reed Adams, Ph.D., at Follow them on Facebook at Leadership Online For Today or learn more online at