Mid-career scientists face pressing career demands. As a mid-career professional who works within an academic institution, health care organization, foundation, government entity, or other setting, you likely fulfill research, clinical practice, teaching, or administrative roles. Increasingly, these roles require leadership specific skills and qualities. Stepping into leadership roles with training and guidance can strengthen your confidence and performance—and the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) can help.
Recognizing leadership development as a critical member need, SBM is launching its third, year-long Leadership Institute.
The call for applications will open October 2, 2017 and remain open until November 14, 2017. Please check back here in October to download and submit an application.
The purpose of the SBM Leadership Institute is to turn participant fellows into more effective leaders by fostering self-awareness and the development of leadership skills. At the conclusion of the year-long institute, both you and your organization will have benefitted. Throughout the year you will assess and deepen your inherent leadership qualities; acquire skills such as managing collaborative teams, influencing, and mentoring; connect with other mid-career professionals who share a desire to become highly effective leaders; and learn from and be mentored by leaders in the field of behavioral medicine.
Who is “mid-career”?
The meaning of “mid-career” varies across the range of behavioral medicine careers, hence we leave the determination to you, the SBM-member applicant. That said, the institute is most applicable to scientists with 8-20 years of work experience post-terminal degree who are assuming—or about to assume—more significant or expanded leadership roles. The institute could also be particularly helpful if you have reached your initial career goals and question whether it’s time to modify or change directions a bit—and how you might do that.
If I’m accepted, how will the Leadership Institute help me and my organization?
Starting in early 2018 institute leaders will:
During the April 10-11, 2018, workshop, you will:
Throughout the institute year (April 2017 through mid-April 2018):
During the 2019 SBM Annual Meeting you will:
What do past institute fellows have to say about the program?
We’ll let them speak for themselves:
Lynette L. Craft, PhD, FACSM, on coaching:
"Part of our time together was spent working on how I can better manage the groups I'm in charge of. A lot of what we talked about was perspective taking. As leaders, we have to get our work done but we also need to understand the perspectives of others, especially when working with volunteers. ... It was helpful to discuss strategies."
Corrine Voils, PhD, on workshop sessions:
“The session reminded me that building diverse, inclusive, highly-functioning teams depends, in large part, on effective leadership. … I’m grateful to SBM for these opportunities.”
Sponsoring an SBM Leadership Institute Fellow ensures the next generation of leaders in behavioral medicine have both the tools and the confidence to guide our field into the future. The vast majority of our fellows personally fund the tuition for the Leadership Institute. If you’re interested in supporting a fellow at the 2018 Leadership Institute, please contact SBM Executive Director Mary Dean.