Publication:
Meta-leadership in a mega disaster: a case study of Governor Haley Barbour’s leadership during Hurricane Katrina

Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Authors
Smithson, Lee Wallace
Subjects
Community Development Block Grant; Federal Emergency Management Agency; Governor Haley Barbour; Hurricane Katrina; meta-leader; Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
Advisors
Wollman, Lauren
Date of Issue
2014-12
Date
Dec-14
Publisher
Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
Language
Abstract
The complexities of leadership in today’s environment are often obscured by the focus of traditional theories on leadership as the top-down, leader-subordinate construct typical of hierarchical organizations. These theories also do not fully capture what occurs when leaders must catalyze action well above and beyond their formal lines of decision making and control. Leaders today must simultaneously lead down in the traditional sense, up to influence the people or organizations to which they are accountable, and across to activate peer groups and others with whom there is no formal subordinate relationship, and that these activities are parts of an integrated whole. This leadership model is referred to as meta-leadership. This thesis asked, to what extent is Governor Haley Barbour’s response to and decision making during Hurricane Katrina an example of meta-leadership? What can be learned as far as smart practices from Barbour’s leadership and can these practices be replicated? The focus of this thesis was the conduct of a single case study. Governor Haley Barbour’s leadership style and decision-making process during Hurricane Katrina response operations were examined to determine whether or to what extent they accord with the theory of meta-leadership. Our conclusions are that Governor Barbour epitomized the tenets of meta-leadership and that, given the proper academic environment, meta-leadership can be replicated.
Type
Thesis
Description
Series/Report No
Department
National Security Affairs
Organization
Identifiers
NPS Report Number
Sponsors
Funder
Format
Citation
Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Rights
Copyright is reserved by the copyright owner.
Collections