Research Leadership Development

Moving to the next level in a research career often requires skills that are not taught as part of research training. We use proven leadership development approaches modified for the academic research environment in an eight-week, small-group program.

Early Investigators

Funding is necessary to establish a sustainable research trajectory, but a strategic plan for a research and career trajectory can have a big impact on competitiveness for funding. The leadership development & coaching program for early-stage investigators runs over eight weeks and is designed to help young investigators understand the roles that they now must play, and how to focus their time and talents to provide a solid base for long-term success.

Established Investigators

When established investigators are ready to take on higher-level challenges, such as running centers or large collaborative groups, they need additional skill sets in leadership and communication. The standard format is an 8-week program wherein we work to establish approaches to build new programs or to help change the status quo, but the specific structure is adaptable to client needs. This program is not designed for those moving to administrative roles, but focused on research leadership skills.

Both programs can be combined with other services (see Comprehensive Initiation).

Executive Coaching

Two profiles, talking, but the heads are made of trees

The training researchers undergo to become excellent scientists and scholars rarely includes training in management, communication, or leadership. Coaching provides a process to gain the skills and confidence needed to work as an effective research leader, whether for a new researcher or an established investigator moving into larger collaborative challenges. Coaching sessions focus on the individual’s needs and challenges, with the coach providing opportunities to explore options and re-framing. The process can help individuals understand both their larger goals and how their daily actions can serve to further those goals. Coaches can provide perspective and accountability. Coaching differs from mentoring or consulting (or therapy) because it provides the means for the individual to create new solutions and approaches that will work for them long term. In more typical executive coaching, the client sits within a hierarchy of defined authority. We recognize that in the academy, leaders of collaborative groups sit equal to their partners and yet are called upon to provide vision, direction, and day-to-day management. Communication and relationship skills are crucial to the success of the research center or collaborative group, and of the individual researchers.