Residential Programs

Emerging Leaders in Crisis (ELC)

Program Overview

Meta-Leadership for Emerging Leaders in Crisis provides the participant with the knowledge, skills, and tools to lead effectively in a crisis.  Through lectures, group discussion, and team exercises participants will increase their understanding of how to strengthen their internal leadership capacities, inspire those around them to follow, enhance techniques to lead up, effectively engage with partners and key stakeholders, improve their crisis communication competencies, and drive their teams and organizations toward higher achievement.  These new and improved skills will be tested in a dynamic group exercise at program conclusion to ensure they can be fully utilized when the learner returns to the workplace.

This curriculum will help participants to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of Meta-Leadership and how to apply the dimensions
  • Strengthen crisis communication skills by differentiating between non-crisis vs crisis situations in engaging all stakeholders
  • Develop skills to assess, engage teams, create a plan of action, and measure success, in order to drive sustaining, high achievement in organizations
  • Grow personal leadership style by learning how to cultivate relationships, resolve conflict, and develop others
  • Gain practical application of skills taught by participation in dynamic learning sessions
  • Utilizing mentoring as a tool to support lifelong learning

As a candidate for the ELC program and part of your application you will be required to individually choose a mentor.  Your mentor should be someone in a SENIOR leadership position whether internal or external to your agency. Your mentor will be required to meet with you to discuss your leadership goals, work with you on setting up a system to measure your progress, provide guidance and share their own leadership lessons learned, meet with you regularly, and provide the program a brief at the end of the mentorship period. This is a mandatory component of the program so please prepare this information prior to starting your application.

Please make sure to have your financial sponsor information ready as you will be required to submit it as part of the application.


NPLI Executive Education Program (EEP)

Program Overview

This executive leadership training program is designed to produce effective leadership across the public (federal, state, and local), private, and non-profit sectors. It includes instruction in a pragmatic, proven approach to leadership in high-stakes, high-pressure situations as well as interactive dialogues, case study discussions, and guest presentations by front line leaders from major events such as the H1N1 pandemic, Deepwater Horizon oil spill, super storm Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the Ebola outbreak.

Students of our residential Executive Education Program (EEP) are challenged to put the lessons they have learned during the program into practice through an action-learning project. They are required to develop their own project idea that encompasses a real world problem in need of a better solution.  Collaborating in a team of 5-8 members, cross-sector and cross-agency, the team works together during the time between the opening and concluding program sessions to put forth a well-researched solution.

The program is comprised of a residential opening session and concluding session at Harvard and the action-learning project that is to be completed between the residential sessions; all are mandatory components of the program.

This curriculum will help participants to:

Be better prepared to cross geographic and organizational boundaries to deal with crises as well as day-to-day collaboration and problem-solving. They will be equipped to guide the design of comprehensive, multi-agency, multi-sector and multi-jurisdictional emergency response plans. Participants will become versed in the principles of meta-leadership in order to respond to significant adverse events whether natural or man-made.

The program consists of three parts:

  • A week-long residential session in Cambridge, including a combination of case studies, faculty presentations, and interactive exercises.
  • Implementation of a meta-leadership team project mentored by Harvard NPLI faculty.
  • A two and one-half day concluding seminar at which results of the meta-leadership projects are presented in teams.

Certificate of Completion

In order to successfully complete this program and receive a certificate you must have:

  • Attended and participated in both sessions; opening and concluding
  • Participated in and completed a Meta-Leadership project with your team
  • Presented a section of your project with your team at the concluding session
  • Submitted your written two page personal report with approval

Read all about the impact our NPLI EEP students are having in leading positive change in today’s turbulent times through the team projects they taken on:

Team Lighthouse Gets Creative in Its Pursuit of Enhanced Collaboration with Elected Officials to Improve Emergency Preparedness Nationwide

Cohort XV Project Teams Tackle Tough Issues  

Students Lead the Fight to Reduce Preventable Deaths from Opioid Overdose

Team “Airport Too-Point-Ohh!” spreads CALM across Airport Incident Management Systems  

NPLI EEP Team “You Can Act” Continues to Lead on Preparedness 
The Future of Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience: A Regional Approach 

NPLI Master Symposium

Who should apply: This program is designed specifically for all NPLI Executive Education Program Alumni.

Tuition Fee: $2,250  (Note: travel and travel related costs not included in tuition fee.)

Target Audience: NPLI EEP Alumni (you must have attended and completed the NPLI Executive Education Program at Harvard University to be eligible to register.)

Program Dates: TBD

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Program Learning Objectives:

  • Increase your meta-leadership proficiency with new tools, recent lessons learned, and emerging best practices;
  • Be better equipped to cope with the need for leadership and organizational adaptation and transformation;
  • Improve your ability to lead and develop leaders in a multi-generational workforce;
  • Hone your understanding of emerging threats and how to mitigate and respond to them.

Curriculum includes: Brain Science, Organizational Transformation, Principles of Swarm Leadership, Updates on Meta-Leadership, and networking opportunities across all cohorts.

⇒Your Brain: What’s New: Recent insights from neuroscience have greatly expanded the knowledge of how the brain works—and what it means for those who lead in high stakes, high pressure situations.

⇒The Situation: Beyond Situational Awareness: NPLI faculty have developed two new tools—the POP-DOC Loop and The Situation Map to help leaders better understand what they confront and maintain disciplined thinking as the decide what should be done.

⇒Connectivity: Swarm Leadership: Drawing on their research into the Boston Marathon bombing response, NPLI faculty will share a leadership behavior model designed to optimize multi-organizational performance within ICS/NIMS and other structured incident management systems.

⇒Agile Meta-Leadership: Adaptation & Transformation: Among the most vexing challenges facing leaders today for the components of their organizations to adapt swiftly, simultaneously, and synchronously to fast-evolving challenges. Invited speakers Peter Neffenger (former TSA Administrator) and Richard Serino (former FEMA Deputy Administrator) share practical meta-leadership experiences leading an interactive dialog.

⇒Next Gen: Developing Emerging Meta-Leaders: In effective organizations, leadership is cultivated in a development arc from top to bottom, novice to master, across a multi-generational workforce. NPLI faculty present their latest research and lead a discussion on changing expectations and opportunities.