Big stories from a small town.


Welcome to Small Town Leadership

A welcome from Small Town Leadership founder, Natalie Siston

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Small Town Leadership

Welcome to Small Town Leadership! My name is Natalie Siston. After starting my career in Silicon Valley, I decided to return home to Ohio. Through my experiences in the non-profit, higher education, and corporate sectors, I have realized that everything I ever needed to know I learned by growing up in a town of 600 people. Through my Small Town Leadership blog I will share personal stories and corresponding leadership lessons.

I am passionate about sharing these stories and am available to speak to your business, school, or community organization about putting Small Town Leadership lessons to work for you.


Read the latest small town stories here

Week 38: The Power of the Pen

I cleaned out my desk this week and found a stack of cards I’ve received over the past 5 years....

Week 37: Expanding your friend circle – Going beyond where everyone knows your name

I grew up watching Cheers. Some of the plot lines were probably over my head (and likely not appropriate for...

Week 36: Your mindset on making connections: fixed or growth?

Writing this series has been an exercise in “build it as you fly it.” When I woke up today, I...

Week 35: When we don’t share, we suffer

I had a revelation and at first was unsure how it related to meaningful connection. Then I realized it had...

From a Small Town to Making It Big Featuring: Madeline Schwarz

Madeline Schwarz is a coach who is on a mission to help creatives find their voice so they can articulate...

Week 34: Practicing connection in small ways – my weekly running example

I’m training for a half-marathon and decided to use my weekly runs as a ground for connection. While stopping by...

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Natalie Siston

Natalie Siston

Small Town Leadership Founder

Natalie believes everything she needed to know to succeed in her career she learned by growing up in a town of 600 people. As a Certified Professional Coach and award-winning public speaker, she helps her clients and audiences make wherever they are feel like a small town. She lives in Dublin, Ohio with her husband, Rob, a professor at Ohio State and two little girls.