Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of Behavorial Medicine

Summer 2018

SBM Leadership Institute Participants Recommend the Program, Data Shows

The results are in: This year’s Society of Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM’s) Leadership Institute participants overwhelmingly recommend it.

Don’t believe us? Here’s the data.

In an anonymous survey of 2018-19 institute participants, all respondents said they would be likely to recommend the institute to a colleague. They reported feeling empowered, inspired, and more confident.

The yearlong institute gives mid-career SBM members the training and skills they need to advance their careers and take on more leadership roles. The institute was the brainchild of SBM Past-President Marian Fitzgibbon, PhD.

The third cohort of 35 institute participants convened in New Orleans this spring at a two-day, in-person workshop. Over the next year, they’ll meet one-on-one with career coaches and have group conference calls with esteemed SBM leaders who share their professional interests. They’ll also complete a leadership project of their choosing.

After the in-person workshop, participants provided the following survey comments:

  • “I needed this leadership workshop. It is challenging me to push beyond my comfort zone. Taking the organizational inventory helped me to appreciate the core essence of my leadership style while showing me where I need to grow as a leader.”
  • “I'm already coming away with tons of ideas for making life more manageable and for getting to the next level in my career. I feel extremely fortunate to have taken part.”
  • “Great to develop meaningful relationships outside your organization.”
  • “There were helpful tips and exercises that anyone can benefit from.”
  • “So many times in workshops people come in and independently give canned talks. I loved how tailored each [talk] was and also how integrated they all were with each other.” The top-rated talks were “Thriving Amid Chaos – Productivity Ideas that Work” and “Perfect Pitch: It’s more than just an Elevator Speech.”

Congratulations to all 2017-18 and 2018-19 Leadership Institute participants. Applications for the 2019-20 institute will be available on the SBM website this fall.