NPLI Executive Education Program (residential)
Cohort 18 Session Dates: December 8-13, 2019 and June 16-19, 2020
Application Deadline: October 25, 2019
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.
As an outcome of participation, officials and executives will be 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 is comprised of a residential opening session and concluding session at Harvard University and a work-related team project that is to be completed between the residential sessions.
• 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?
• 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
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.
• 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
Deadline to apply: October 25, 2019
Tuition Fee: $10,300
Location: Harvard University
PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS at the beginning of the application before you start your application.