In 2011 alone, there were numerous natural disasters. These included the Japanese tsunami and ensuing nuclear incident, the Christchurch earthquakes, major tornados in the United States of America and floods in Thailand that engulfed much of the country. In Australia, seemingly unprecedented bushfires broke out across the country, there were major floods in Victoria and Queensland, and tropical cyclones swept through the country’s north. Natural disasters are rarely prevented, but their effects need to be minimised. The Noetic Group undertook a range of lessons learnt studies and post activity reviews of disasters, incidents and crises over the past decade. Having recently analysed and reviewed the observations and lessons from the responses to major bush fires, floods, tropical cyclones, oil spills and disease outbreaks, a pattern of senior leadership failure has emerged. The Noetic Group undertook a range of lessons learnt studies and post activity reviews of disasters, incidents and crises over the past decade.