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Leaders are needed in disasters!

Leadership is required in times of crisis and disasters. Effective leadership is always important; however, it becomes even more critical during a crisis. How leaders respond to crises and disasters can either make or break them. In this episode, we speak to Eric McNulty, Associate Director and Program Faculty at Harvard's National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) about how his organization is better preparing leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to handle crisis and significant changes. Their students are usually leaders responsible for safety and security, emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. To date, they have trained more than 8,000 leaders, from more than 95 agencies and organizations, in over 30 U.S. States and 10 countries around the world.

Eric is also the principal author of the NPLI’s case studies on leadership decision making in the Boston Marathon bombing response, innovation in the response Hurricane Sandy and the professional/political interface in the Deepwater Horizon response drawing on his first hand research, as well as extensive interviews with leaders involved in the responses. His most recent co-authored book is titled, "You’re It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When it Matters Most?" It explores how to become a better crisis leader while equipping yourself with the tools for every day transformative leadership.

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