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Leadership and Management Training

The OITE has 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 sessions in our Workplace Dynamics Series, Resiliency for Scientists and Diversity and Inclusion series, all described below.  These workshops are for any level of intramural trainee, and we often bring these to other NIH campuses. Second is the 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). 

Starting in 2022- Management bootcamp will only be offered in late Spring. Travel funds are available for NIH intramural trainees from other campuses.

Leadership Series

Certificates are available for those that complete all five components of the Leadership Series. To obtain a certificate please email proof of attendance at all five sessions to Jeff Mercurio ( The OITE is unable to track attendance on your behalf. We assume the honor system when you report your attendance. This series can be completed in any order, and over your entire tenure at the NIH.

  1. Workplace Dynamics I: Self-Awareness, the Key to Professional Success
    This workshop explores how personal differences and work styles impact the way we communicate, take in information, make decisions, engage in conflict, learn, and plan our day. Offered every September
  1. Workplace Dynamics II: Conflict & Feedback
    This interactive workshop provides an accessible framework for conflict management as well as for giving and receiving personal feedback. Offered in October
  1. Workplace Dynamics III: Team Skills
    The workshop focuses on spotting the stages of group development and how-to shepherd teams through rough spots, conflict and growing pains, even when you are not the boss. Offered in November 
  1. Resiliency for Scientists
    The series highlights the resilience skills needed for success in research and healthcare careers and will provide insights into approaches for developing these competencies as part of your NIH experience. Session ONE of the resilience series will count toward your workplace dynamics certificate. The upcoming schedule for Becoming a Resilient Scientist is here:
  1. Diversity and Inclusion Series Sessions ONE or THREE or FOUR in the diversity series will count toward your workplace dynamics certificate. (we recommend ONE or FOUR, and will accept THREE)

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 two-day 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.). Course Content includes: Introduction of management theory, Managing yourself, Managing staffing, Managing interpersonal interactions, and Managing the team.
Management Bootcamp is offered once per year in May/June. Application are required and will be announced via email from the OITE.

OITE Blog Posts on Leadership and Management

Negotiating Across Cultures
Is Grit the Key to Success?
If I Could Do One Thing Differently in My Career…
A Tool for Feedback: Situation – Behavior – Impact (SBI)
Difficult Work Conversations
Personality Type and Burnout
Are you an Ambivert?

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
Difficult Conversations, Douglas Stone and Bruce Patton
Thanks for the Feedback, by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen
Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny
Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader: How You and Your Organization Can Manage Conflict Effectively, by Craig E. Runde and Tim A. Flanagan
People Styles at Work...And Beyond: Making Bad Relationships Good and Good Relationships Better, by Robert Bolton and Dorothy Grover Bolton
Emotional Intelligence 2.0, by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

This leadership and management training program is made possible through the generous support from NIH Office of Research on Women's Health