Core Crisis Leadership Online Training Program

Fall starts October 4, 2022. Build critical skills by attending this leadership training program.

Dr. Marcus comments on the latest issue regarding mask mandates

"Airlines say mask mandates aren't needed anymore. Are filters enough to prevent COVID on airplanes?" Article in USA Today.

Leading through Covid-19: A Meta-leadership Analysis

The criticality of rapid, deep learning. The need for empathic leadership. The benefits of treating preparedness as investment rather than a cost.

Welcome to the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative

A crisis leadership training and research program

The NPLI at Harvard prepares leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to handle crisis and significant change. Participants in our programs are leaders responsible for safety and security, business continuity, and disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.


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dimensions of meta-leadershipThe NPLI Leadership Difference

The foundation of our teaching is the Meta-Leadership framework and practice method. It combines conceptual rigor with pragmatic insights developed through faculty field research on events including: Hurricane Katrina; Boston Marathon bombings; infectious disease outbreaks, and more. Meta-leadership integrates applied neuroscience, game theory, psychology, group dynamics, and more into practical tools and techniques to improve leader effectiveness.


Dr. Leonard J. Marcus, Dr. Barry Dorn, Joseph Henderson, and Eric J. McNulty are among the NPLI faculty who have been at the forefront of developing the Meta-Leadership framework and practice method.

Featured Research

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NPLI and Disaster Recovery Institute International partner on COVID Lessons

The criticality of rapid, deep learning. The need for empathic leadership. The benefits of treating preparedness as investment rather than a cost. These are three of the findings of research with nine global companies on cross-sector lessons learned through the Covid-19 response conducted by NPLI researchers along with partners from Disaster Recovery Institute International. Follow the link below to download your copy and use it to inform your planning for 2022 and beyond.


NPLI Leader Readycast Podcast

Leader ReadyCast is hosted by Eric McNulty our Associate Director. He introduces valuable insights from vanguard leaders and NPLI faculty members.

Episode 42: How can age-old practices help improve performance and bolster resilience among preparedness and response professionals and their teams? Listen in as Karina de Allicon, an experienced business continuity leader and mindfulness authority explains.

A Leadership Book Everyone Should Read…

You're It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When it Matters Most

Now out in Paperback!  Today, in an instant, leaders can find themselves face-to-face with crisis. A pandemic. An active shooter. A media controversy. A cyber-attack. A product failure. In You’re It, the faculty of the NPLI take you to the front lines of some of the toughest decisions facing leaders–from how to mobilize during a hurricane or in the aftermath of a bombing to halting a raging wildfire. They also take readers through the tough decision-making inside the world’s largest companies, hottest startups, and leading nonprofits.
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Leadership Training Programs

Build critical skills at our leadership training programs, workshops, and seminars. During the pandemic, come learn at Harvard virtually.

Authentic Leadership

Engaging sessions in self-discovery led by Dana Born, retired Brigadier General USAF and Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS Center for Public Leadership.

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Benefits of NPLI's Online Leadership Courses

Myra M. Shird, PhD, NPLI Alum provides her perspective on our programs.

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NPLI faculty are available for 60, 90, or 120 minute segments