The National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) is a joint venture of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.

We work in collaboration with key government, private, and non-profit agencies to ensure today’s unprecedented challenges are met with uncommon leadership from top officials and encourages connectivity across public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Our Mission Equip leaders with the skills, knowledge, and abilities required to effectively lead during crisis in the 21st century by addressing four primary goals:

  • To prepare, teach and engage global, national, regional, and local leaders to cross geographic and organizational boundaries to prepare for, respond to, and recover from adverse events both natural and man-made.
  • To provide a forum for convening diverse leaders to tackle complex system challenges and improve preparedness.
  • To establish an institutional base to conduct qualitative and quantitative research, which will help equip leaders with new tools to address rapidly evolving challenges.
  • To develop and identify Harvard faculty and NPLI graduates who can reach out to officials at all levels of government as well as the private and non-profit sectors providing advice and insight relative to critical leadership challenges.

Our Framework: Meta-Leadership

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