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Leadership and Management Training for NIH Intramural Fellows

The OITE has recognized a need in the postdoc, clinical fellow and graduate student community to improve leadership and management skills.  We have developed a set of workshops and resources to help you be a better leader and manager, deal with conflicts, and thrive in a team environment.  The topics have all been developed with a focus on science, using examples taken straight from research groups. 

Our Leadership and Management training has two parts.  The first is leadership, which consists of the five sessions in our Workplace Dynamics Series, as described below.  These workshops are for any level of intramural trainee. We recommend taking the series in order, but each topic can stand alone.  Trainees who complete all sessions are eligible for a certificate of completion. The entire series is offered twice a year. Actual dates are available under the "Upcoming Events" section of the OITE website.

OITE Management training builds on knowledge gained in the Leadership series.  Therefore, completion of the entire Leadership series is a prerequisite for admittance into the Management Bootcamp (described below).  Management bootcamp will also be offered twice a year.

AssertiveneSs training

Speaking Up: Asking for What You Need in Lab and Life

Offered quarterly

Do you have a suggestion for improving efficiency in your lab but lack the confidence to bring it to the attention of your PI? Do you need additional resources for your experiments or time off for an important family activity but don't know how to ask?  Are you afraid to mention the fact that you are having major difficulty dealing with one of your lab mates? 

This session will help you to explore strategies for communicating your needs in a variety of situations. Learn how to be more assertive, to speak up for yourself, and how to decide when to speak up and when not to.  A comprehensive handout is available.


Workplace Dynamics I/II: Self-Awareness, the Key to Professional Success

Offered every January and September

We each bring our unique personalities and work styles to our research group, classroom, workplace, and home. Understanding your style and appreciating that others have different styles can enhance your interactions and help you succeed. This workshop will explore differences in personalities and work styles that impact the way we communicate, take in information, make decisions, engage in conflict, learn, and plan our day. The workshop will include group activities and hands-on experiences related to working successfully in research team environments.

Pre-work: All participants should complete an online MBTI Assessment through the OITE. The OITE staff will provide you with a link to complete the MBTI , which must be done 24 hours before the event.

This workshop is the combines the first two sessions of the multi-workshop Workplace Dynamics series. 

 Workplace Dynamics III: Conflict & Feedback

Offered in February and October of each year 

Rooted in the Thomas and Kilmann Conflict Model, this interactive workshop provides an accessible framework for conflict management as well as for giving and receiving personal feedback. In small group exercises, participants learn how to have - and even practice having - difficult conversations often associated with conflict at the NIH.

Workplace Dynamics IV: Team Skills

Offered in March and November of each year 

This is an experiential workshop that focuses on team tools and group development insights through the experience of real team and group work. This class is intended for anyone who works on or with teams and wishes to have greater team-facilitation skills.  The workshop also focuses on spotting the stages of group development and how to shepherd teams through rough spots, conflict and growing pains.

Workplace Dynamics V: Diversity in a Multicultural Society

Offered in April and December of each year 

Diversity.... difference.... post-racial..... multicultural --  all buzzwords we regularly hear.  But how often do we as future scientists, healthcare providers, science educators, and policy experts stop to consider our own reactions to diversity and difference?  Furthermore, why does this matter to our research and how do we build inclusive and welcoming work environments? This workshop will examine the meaning of diversity in the lives of individuals, groups, and communities, as well as the larger society and scientific community.   

Management Boot Camp

Management of people and resources is a key component to being successful as you move forward in your career.  The OITE has developed an intense course to give advanced postdocs and fellows an overview of common management concepts that are not often taught in a research environment.  The topics covered will be applicable to all sectors (academics, industry, non-profits, government, etc.).

This course requires a commitment of two full days, and will be offered each year in January and June.  Applications for the course will be available in May for the June course and December for the January course.  Applications are competitive and enrollment will be limited to 50 people.  Travel awards are available for non-Bethesda locations if the candidate is selected.  

Course Content:

Introduction to management

Unit 1: Managing you

Unit 2: Managing staffing

Unit 3: Managing Interpersonal Interactions

 Unit 4: Managing the team

Course Applications 

Candidate selection will favor those fellows leaving the NIH within a year and those who exhibit an enthusiasm for becoming a better manager.  Note: in order to participate, you MUST have completed all five sessions of the Workplace Dynamics series.  If you are an NIH intramural fellow outside of Maryland, there are options available for you to participate. Contact Dr. Lori Conlan for more information. 

Other resources available for Leadership and Management


Assess yourself to understand your personality

True leadership can grow out of understanding yourself.  The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assessment is the best known and most widely used personality tool available today. Developed more than 60 years ago, the MBTI assists users in understanding individual differences and uncovering new ways to work and interact with others.  If you are interested in taking the MBTI, please attend an upcoming MBTI program.

Resources available in the OITE Career Library:

Type Talk at Work, by O. Kroeger and H. Rutledge

Many books by the Center for Creative Leadership: External Link

Do What You Are, by Tieger and Barron

Manager's Toolkit, by Harvard Business Press

Online Resources:

Center for Creative Leadership External Link

The OITE appreciates the generous support of the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health.