About the workshop
Scientists often climb the leadership ladder through their scientific achievements and technical abilities. But few are prepared with the leadership skills necessary to develop and manage a best practice scientific team. In order to maximise performance in the laboratory and other settings, principal scientists must employ a number of skills including strong communication, emotional intelligence and authenticity.
Continuous funding cuts often cause tension and disengagement in the workplace. As a leader, it is imperative to motivate and engage your team in challenging circumstances, whilst addressing conflict simultaneously. In order to achieve an inspired and ambitious team, scientific leaders must create a work environment conducive to innovation and creativity. Through various communication avenues and tactical relationship building, scientists can drive productivity and positive change whilst creating a strong supportive network for their team.
In this workshop, delegates will explore the leadership skills demanded of scientific professionals to increase team performance and fast-track research outcomes, in a real-time decision-making environment.
- Understand the big picture in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world
- Understand the difference between technical and adaptive problems
- Adapt your communication skills for leading in a VUCA world
- Develop the counterintuitive skills needed for dealing with complex challenges/wicked problems/dilemmas
Lead strategic change as a scientific leader
- Create a vision, and learn to guide team culture through design thinking
- Collaborate across teams to drive new initiatives and face complex challenges
- Develop your skills for strategy formation and implementation
- Improve the way critical information is delivered, presented and understood
Develop your communication skills to achieve influence
- Understand and adapt to different ways individuals make sense of the world
- Develop your one-on-one communication skills to improve individual relationships
- Increase your emotional intelligence to better connect and communicate with diverse teams
Resolve conflict and tackle challenging situations
- Break down negative perceptions between scientists and technicians to increase workplace harmony
- Strategies to identify and tactically address toxic workplace behaviours in yourself and others
- Techniques for effective conflict resolution in difficult or complex scenarios
- Navigating challenging scenarios: Difficult decision-making in a political environment
- Explore what is different in a STEM organisation and its implications for leaders
- Explore the limitations of personal leadership effectiveness
- Learn how systems thinking can help with resistant and persistent problems
- Facilitate cross-functional communication to break down silos and broaden perspectives
Liaise with key stakeholders
- Communicate information effectively to different stakeholders
- Write scientific reports that accommodate different stakeholders’ communication styles
- Collaborate with policy and other external teams to build beneficial partnerships
- Effectively communicate technical outcomes to key, non-scientific stakeholders
Becoming deliberately developmental to realise organisational potential
- Understand constructive-developmental theory and its implications for leading people
- Gain insight into your own immunity to change
- Learn to use errors and vulnerabilities to facilitate personal and company growth
- Build team culture and embed support structures into daily fabric of working life
Drive productivity through engagement and innovation
- Timely brainstorming sessions to inspire creative thinking and produce new ideas
- Build an environment conducive to innovation and creativity in the workplace
- Identify team motivators to increase productivity and engagement in the laboratory or technical environment
- Group discussion: What is your leadership development action plan?
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