Executive Meta-Leadership Residential Program
Emerging Leaders in Crisis Residential Program
Please note that while the applications are open for the residential programs the status of conducting the program in-person is subject to change due to COVID19. We follow Harvard University guidelines regarding safe practices in operating our program. Should we have to change to offering to an online program you will be given the choice to attend or cancel with full reimbursement if you have paid your tuition.
Emerging Leaders in Crisis (ELC) Program
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.
- 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
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.
Program Dates and Tuition
Program Dates: March 21-25, 2022 (note: Sunday, March 20, informal dinner and networking for the cohort)
Tuition Fee: $8,500
ELC Alumni Testimonials
“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
Executive Meta-Leadership (EML) Program
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 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 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:
- A week-long residential session in Cambridge, including a combination of case studies, faculty presentations, and interactive exercises.
- Development 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
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Apply by midnight August 31, 2021 and
receive $500 off the full tuition fee of $10,300.
• Recognize the hazards of decision-making under stress.
• Hone the personal skills and behaviors that drive effective leadership in the context of group dynamics and multiple stakeholder interests.
• Develop leadership acumen to mobilize greater capacity through connectivity across traditional public agency and private sector boundaries.
• Design strategies for communicating vital information to the public in a crisis.
• Explore how to mobilize and deploy large systems, using organizational design and systems management to enhance vertical and horizontal connectivity.
• Consider the moral and ethical dimensions of life and death decision-making.
• Review the science of surveillance, detection, and response.
Who Should Attend?
This program is designed for senior policy makers and operational leaders in federal, state, and local governments, elected officials, non-profit organizations, and the private sector in fields of emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation roles as well as security, business continuity, and crisis management. These individuals must have strategic planning or operational leadership responsibility or be on a career track leading to such a position.
• U.S. government staff: GS-15 and above, and other equivalent federal pay scales
• State and local government staff in senior leadership positions within their organizations such as Chiefs, Superintendents, Directors, etc.
• Private, non-profit, and international staff with more than ten years of experience
Learned Knowledge and Skills
The leadership curriculum divides into three themes
1) Meta-leadership in preparedness and response
2) Inter- and intra-organizational problem solving and connectivity
3) Meta-leadership communication and conflict resolution
Each participant is individually mentored and evaluated, with instruction on how to improve leadership and problem-solving strategies and communication. The curriculum includes skill-building sessions, leadership self-awareness instruction, and interactive learning opportunities that build the capacity and competence of government officials identified for their growth potential for preparedness leadership. Participants will learn to lead and guide inter-organization connectivity in order to better coordinate “whole of community” operations. This is intensely important now, as organizations with distinctly different missions, cultures, and operational mandates quickly engage and coordinate activity to create a unity of effort in the face of new national imperatives. Instruction on communication will focus on the importance of building and maintaining credibility and stability in moments of crisis. The curriculum will profile the “new normal” meta-leader: a new breed of thinking and decisive action in a world that is volatile, uncertain, complex, and unpredictable. The NPLI has created a robust network of talented leaders, able to respond to the new and unprecedented challenges of large-scale terrorism, pandemic, natural disaster, cyber attack, or other significant threat.
• Meta-leadership, a holistic, three-dimensional framework and practice method developed at the NPLI
• Emotional intelligence and the neuroscience of leadership
• Complex, multi-stakeholder problem solving
• Ethical considerations in preparedness planning and response
• Decision-analysis and predictable surprises
• Change management
• Case studies and guest speaker presentations on major events such as the H1N1 pandemic, Deepwater Horizon oil spill, super storm Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the Ebola outbreak
Program Dates & Tuition
8 DAY PROGRAM l $10,300
DATES: December 5 – 10, 2021 and June 14 – 17, 2022 (this is a 2-part program and both sessions must be attended)
Tuition includes instruction, housing, curricular materials, and most meals for both the opening and concluding sessions. Payment is expected before the start of the program.
Application Information & Process
Admission by application to this program is competitive and is based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. There is no formal educational requirement, but fluency in written and spoken English is a necessity for the program.
Early application is encouraged. Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, and the program often fills to capacity. Because of the interactive nature of this program, the number of participants is limited. Applications received after the deadline will be placed on a waitlist and considered only if space remains in the class.
To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have strategic planning or operational leadership responsibility or be on a career track leading to such a position. Admission to the program will be made on a competitive basis and is based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility.
It is mandatory for applicants to be able to attend both the opening and concluding residential sessions.
The program is a competitive selection process and limited to 50 seats. Please complete your application in full to be considered for the program. A panel will review your application and you will be notified within two weeks via email as to the status of your application.
EML Alumni Testimonials
Read about the impact our NPLI EML students are having in leading positive change in today’s turbulent times through the team projects they taken on:
NPLI Master Symposium
Program Dates: 2021-2022 TBD (will be announced when we are able to return to in-person training)
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 (Note: travel and travel related costs not included in tuition fee.)