New program innovative, values-based

tidal leadership

PULLMAN, Wash. – A revolutionary approach to leadership based on adapting to the ebb and flow of specific environments is the focus of an online certificate program offered for the first time by Washington State University’s new Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership.

Registration for the first session of the “Tidal Leadership Certificate Program” is due by Sept. 23. Register at, by emailing or by calling 509-335-0049.

The program is open to WSU faculty, staff and students as well as the general public.

Kim Kidwell, WSU“Tidal” leadership differs dramatically from leadership derived from having a “title,” said Kim Kidwell, executive director of the center and executive associate dean in the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS).

“Title-based leadership implies that someone has been appointed to lead based on the title of the position they hold; but in reality, even the loftiest title doesn’t necessarily reflect the ability of that person to make a positive difference on the job or anywhere else,” she explained.

“Tidal leadership focuses on identifying and understanding the ebb and flow of the environment – whether that’s at work, in the community or at home – and then adapting your leadership to be a positive influence,” she said.

“We all serve as leaders in some capacity,” she added. “This program gives participants new tools to become even more successful leaders both professionally and personally.”

The WSU Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership is based in CAHNRS. It provides high quality life-skill enhancement and leadership development opportunities through signature “beyond the classroom” experiences where participants apply what they are learning to real-life scenarios.