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 20: From online confession to coaching over coffee

In this month of discussing online connections, I have a great story to show how we can go from online...

Week 19: A few words can strengthen a connection

Over the next month, I will discuss connection in an electronic age. When I was recently asked in a podcast...

Week 18: From networking hater to networking embracer: One woman’s journey

When Alli started out as a freelancer in 2014, she didn’t know anything about networking. Generally, she didn’t want to...

Parenting: Small Town Style

I spent the last two weeks with Julie Lythcott-Haims. What I mean by this is that on my way to...

Week 17: Who will you talk to, longer?

It’s time for a challenge. For the past three weeks, I’ve been exploring the idea of “Talking to more people,...

Week 16: Find someone who will allow you to speak your truth

Two weeks ago I introduced you to the words of Jon Moore, “Talk to more people, longer.” I reached out...

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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.