Research Leadership Intensive in San Diego

January 19 - January 20, 2017
The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego, CA

Research, technology and innovation are becoming ever more complex.  Success requires vision and focused research management leadership.  Strong managers bring order and consistency into complexity, but forging ahead in a competitive environment requires strong leaders who understand themselves, their teams and their environment.  These leaders can enact and implement change.  Strong and effective leaders are comfortable with complexity and ambiguity and have the right blend of being people focused and outcomes driven!  This two-day Research Leadership Intensive training which received outstanding reviews at its inaugural presentation in Chicago in 2015, will explore theory, skills, strategies, and best practices for leading successfully in a research management environment. 

Topic Descriptions
(topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to the following)

Leadership Theories, Styles and Qualities
There are many theories of leadership including naturalistic theories, functional leadership theories, situational leadership theories, situational leadership theories and those that contrast transactional vs. transformational leadership.  Similarly there are many definitions describing the difference between leadership and management.  This component of the workshop will briefly examine these theories, consider pathways in research management leadership and define the foundational qualities of effective leaders.  It will also examine the new leadership qualities now considered necessary for the 21st Century leader.

Leading a Research Office – Communication / Culture / Cooperation
High quality research is underpinned by high quality research office support.  This section of the program will examine the changing nature and roles of research offices, the characteristics of effective research offices and provide practical suggestions on how to build the right cultures in effective offices (service culture, team culture and learning culture).  The session will also examine communication strategies to ensure that the role and work of the office is understood across the institution and will also include a discussion of the role of cross institutional collaboration to achieve the institution’s research goals.

Effective Communication and Emotional Intelligence
The previous session included discussion of office communication strategies, this session will focus more on individual communication styles including the role of verbal and non-verbal communication.  It will include the elements that influence effective communication, including: trusted communication, active listening, recognizing bias, impact of gender issues, and dealing with diversity. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is now considered as equally an important leadership trait as IQ.  EQ refers to the ability to monitor one’s own and other’s emotions and to use this information to guide behavior.  This session will look at the different attributes of EQ, why it is important and how to develop EQ.  Case studies and practical examples will give conference attendees the opportunity to apply EQ principles in simulated workplace situations. 

Team Building and Leadership
A team leader is one who provides direction and instruction to a group of other individuals and who takes collective responsibility for their actions and outcomes.  Effective team leaders understand themselves, their institutions, their role in the institution, and, importantly, their team members!  True team leadership derives from more than a position in an organizational structure – it derives from individuals who are able to understand and motivate others and whose actions model required behaviors.  In this session participants will learn and discuss the qualities that make up effective team leaders.   

Leadership Strategies for Reducing Conflict
Each of us will at some stage be in a position where we have to deal with a difficult person in our Office, in our institution or from an external stakeholder.  These interactions, if not dealt with well, can become a source of anxiety and decrease satisfaction and job productivity.  This session of the workshop will examine how to recognize when we and/or others create difficult situations, strategies for dealing with difficult people and situations, dealing with aggression and shifting the balance of power.  Concepts will be supported by case study discussion and role playing.

Effective Delegation
Using deliberate delegation skills is one of the most effective ways for leaders (and those who aspire to lead) to enhance their organizational position. However, leaders frequently find themselves at odds when it comes to delegating; after all, what made them a leader was their ability to get the job done and giving their “strength” away seems counter-intuitive to success. This session will explore why delegation is so important to efficient management and operations and how it can make you and your office more successful and productive – essential outcomes for today’s vibrant research management office.

Managing Up/Using Influence
Influence is a leadership to be learned.  It derives not from a position but from an individual and his/her ability to understand and work within his/her institution.  This session will discuss various influence models and include a case study about implementing an RCR policy, which demonstrates the use of influence to achieve desired outcomes.