Events / Stepping into Leading

Stepping into Leading

July 19, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Modern Skills for STEM Careers with ABRCMS 365

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 (1-3:30 p.m. CT)

The Leadership and Management in Action Program (L-MAP), is an active-learning training program for trainees in the biosciences to build leadership, management, and inclusive teamwork skillset. Trainees work in teams on experiential case studies and activities in the L-MAP curriculum, led by a facilitator with expertise in leadership training. L-MAP introduces the interpersonal and psychological foundations of leading teams and managing people. It responds to the unique position of these trainees, who may be practicing leadership for the first time and who typically lack formal authority within the research environment.

This training program was developed based on real-world research on the leadership and team dynamics challenges that trainees regularly encounter in the scientific research environment. Using real-world scenarios and current research on leadership and team dynamics, L-MAP highlights professional behaviors and communication strategies that can be used in a variety of leadership and management scenarios.

Stepping into Leading:  This experiential workshop invites participants to examine their own views of leadership, explore their relationship with missteps, and consider how they can leverage their position within a group. Attendees will engage in interactive exercises designed to generate individual and small-group reflections on leadership and its function in their training and future careers. Participants will consider their definitions of “leadership” and “authority,” as well as collaboratively make decisions to act upon a group challenge where they will need to reset and start over if their decisions lead to undesirable outcomes. Participants will also engage in a facilitated discussion on how individual identities and cultural backgrounds may bias others’ perceptions of their leadership. As the workshop addresses a multidimensional skill, insights will apply beyond participants’ training stage and in their exploration of diverse careers.

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