Residential Programs

Executive Meta-Leadership Program 2022-2023

More details coming soon.

Emerging Leaders in Crisis Residential Program

Designed for mid-level professionals in the public and private sector.

Student Testimonials

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Executive Meta-Leadership (EML) Program

This program is being redesigned and we will announce the new program soon with dates and details.

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Designed for executive leaders in pursuit of peak performance in crisis and change, this program engages you in a pragmatic, proven approach to leading in high-stakes, high-pressure situations through 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. Each cohort includes participants from across the public (federal, state, and local), private, and non-profit sectors to reflect the collaboration necessary to lead in the complex environment of crisis and change.

Learning extends beyond the classroom. You will be challenged to put the lessons from the residential sessions into practice through an action-learning project. The projects start with participant-generated ideas that address a real world problem in need of a better solution.  Then, collaborating in a team of 5-8 members, 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 an opening session (online) 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 you:

Become better prepared to cross geographic and organizational boundaries to deal with crises as well as day-to-day collaboration and problem-solving. You will be equipped to lead effectively in complex, multi-agency, multi-sector and multi-jurisdictional operating environments. Using the principles and practices of meta-leadership you will grow your ability to think and act more effectively when it matter most.

The program consists of three parts:

  • One week opening seminar, four full days and two half days; includes a combination of case studies, faculty presentations, and interactive exercises.
  • Development of a meta-leadership team project mentored by NPLI faculty at Harvard.
  • A two and one-half day concluding seminar, conducted in-person on Harvard campus, 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

EML Alumni Testimonials

“The opportunity to develop relationships with peers and academic innovators responsible for disaster response has taken my personal development to a new level and gave me confidence in our country’s disaster leaders.” Bijan Karimi, Assistant Deputy Director, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, Cohort 10
“My NPLI experience has been one of the most profound and rewarding experiences of my life. It was wonderful being immersed in a curriculum tailored to my field with the focus on enhancing my leadership skills.” Participant, Cohort 8
“Unlike previous training I have received, I can apply this week’s lessons learned immediately. It is clear that the topics were deliberately selected. There were many teachable moments that I can apply to my job today.” Participant, Cohort 10

Emerging Leaders in Crisis (ELC) Program

Program Dates | March 2022  (This program will be held online in 2022, please visit our online program page.)

Tuition Fee| $8,500


Meta-Leadership for Emerging Leaders in Crisis provides you with the knowledge, skills, and tools to lead effectively in a crisis.  Through interactive lectures, group discussion, and team exercises you will strengthen you abilities to understand your strengths and weaknesses, inspire others to follow you, lead “up” effectively, and engage with partners and key stakeholders. You will improve your crisis communication competencies, and acquire tools to lead your team and organization 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 you return to the workplace.

Program Objectives:

  • 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

Benefits of the Program:

  • Develop practical leadership skills & tools to immediately implement
  • Expand peer networks across Industry
  • Grow one’s personal leadership style
  • Experience dynamic, team learning real-world simulated exercises
  • Gain individual leader development from experienced professionals
  • Learn at Harvard from prestigious faculty, notable guest speakers, and an advanced learning leadership learning model

Application Information:

Designed for mid-level professionals who are on a career track to senior leadership positions. 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.

ELC Alumni Testimonials

“This was the most enriching and phenomenal program I have ever had the honor of attending. Both professional (leadership tools, shared experiences) and personally (the need to take care of yourself, etc.) this program is continuing to have a profound impact on my day to day, both in and out of work.” – Participant

“The program offered examples of real crises and provided tools that leaders had used to manage these crises. This experience is extremely helpful to me in my job as well as my personal development. I was very impressed with the planning and organization that went into this program which resulted in a very high quality product.” – Participant

“While I was not completely sure of what to expect when I signed on for this course, I was hopeful that it was going to offer me an opportunity to grow as both a leader and a person outside the confines of the industry that I work in. The course completely met that need and more by putting me in a setting where people came from so many varying backgrounds and missions. Feeding off of other driven and highly intelligent people including the instructors really provided me with a renewed sense of my capabilities and how I can become a better Meta-Leader.” – Participant


NPLI Master Symposium

Program Dates:  TBD

Location:  TBD

Target Audience: Alumni of:  the NPLI Executive Meta-Leadership program, the NPLI Advanced Crisis Leadership online program, and any multi-day NPLI Meta-Leadership training program (minimum of three day program).

Tuition Fee: TBD