Meta-Leadership in Action

Boston Marathon

Retired US Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen joined the NPLI’s Lenny Marcus and Barry Dorn to co-author a chapter in the new book, Tackling Wicked Government Problems: A Practical Guide for Developing Enterprise Leaders published by Brookings Institution Press.

Based on a presentation that Allen and Marcus made at a Brookings event in 2012, the chapter presents the meta-leadership framework in the context of Allen’s leadership of the responses to Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Marcus said, “It is always a pleasure to work with Thad Allen. His practical application of the meta-leadership framework is both inspirational and instructive. We at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative have learned much from our time with him.”