Residential Programs

Currently on hiatus because of Covid-19 restrictions. See our online versions of these programs.

Emerging Leaders in Crisis (ELC)

Program Overview

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.

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.

“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

Executive Meta-Leadership (EML)

Program Overview

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

“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

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:

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.