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The Klar Leadership Academy is all about creating the next generation of exceptional leaders who will carry on the COBI and University of Toledo legacy of leaders who are changing the world.

Steven Klar shares his thoughts on Leadership during visit to Toledo

Klar Leadership Academy Mission: To expand and accelerate the development of the  leadership acumen and talents of a select cadre of outstanding undergraduate students from the College of Business and Innovation, College of Engineering and select University programs, so as to increase their career success, ability to impact the world for good, and improve the human condition!

 Klar Leadership Academy Goals: The goals of The Academy are to provide student participants with a transformational learning experience to build on their University of Toledo education so to enable them to better lead…

  • Themselves
  • Others
  • Teams
  • Organizations
  • Communities

The Klar Leadership Academy Focus and Competency Development:  The focus of this development process is to provide Klar Academy students with a hands-on, unique, and difference-making learning opportunity so as to expand and develop the following competencies:

  • Ability to THINK BIGGER and create VISION!
  • Skill at achieving goals and delivering desired results
  • Emotional intelligence and interpersonal and teaming skills
  • 360 Degree communication and networking talents
  • Expanded worldview and community service mindset
  • Critical thinking, creativity and innovative thinking skills
  • Confidence to lead others and demonstrate self-leadership
  • Leading change and transformation
  • Ethical decision-making and servant-leader behavior
  • Being coachable and having a mentoring mindset

The Klar Academy Development Vehicles: The Academy will engage a wide variety of learning experiences and methodologies to provide Academy members with a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to rapidly develop their leadership talents. The Academy curriculum will make systematic use of assessments, formal instruction, case studies, high-profile guest speakers, field experiences, panel discussions, mentoring, and community service activities. In addition, Academy members will have the opportunity to participate in both a Fall and Spring Semester “Career Shadow” day with a business leader in their perspective disciplines as part of the experience. Academy participants are required to participate in unique monthly ½ day development sessions as indicated on the schedule below.

Last Updated: 5/21/21