Welcome to the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI)

We are a crisis leadership training program dedicated to preparing those who lead in safety and security, preparedness, response, and recovery. More than 700 executive education NPLI alumni help lead federal, state, and local government agencies as well as in the private and non-profit sectors. Thousands more have attended NPLI workshops, seminars, and other leadership training programs. By design, it is a multi-agency, multi-sector program designed to foster connectivity across the many entities involved in major incidents.

The leadership training program is built on the framework and practice method of Meta-Leadership that combines conceptual rigor with pragmatic insights developed through field research on events from Hurricane Katrina to the Boston Marathon bombings to infectious disease outbreaks.


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.