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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 four sessions in our Workplace Dynamics Series and Resiliency for Scientists, as described below.  These workshops are for any level of intramural trainee, and we often bring these to other NIH campuses.

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. Travel funds are available for NIH intramural trainees from other campuses.

AssertiveneSs training

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

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. Offered quarterly


Workplace Dynamics I/II: Self-Awareness, the Key to Professional Success
This workshop will 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 January, June and September

Workplace Dynamics III: Conflict & Feedback

This interactive workshop provides an accessible framework for conflict management as well as for giving and receiving personal feedback. Offered in February, July and October

Workplace Dynamics IV: 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 March, August and November 

Workplace Dynamics V: Diversity in a Multicultural Society

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.  Offered in April, September and December 

Resiliency for Scientists

The workshop will highlight the emotional intelligence competencies needed for success in research and healthcare careers and will provide insights into approaches for developing these competencies as part of your NIH experience.

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.

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

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