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 launched its Mid-Career Leadership Institute in 2016. The institute will celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2020!
2020 Institute Overview
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.
- The Leadership Institute is a year-long endeavor, limited to approximately 36 selected individuals.
- Applicants must have paid their 2020 SBM membership dues by the time they apply.
- The institute kicks off with an immersive, two-day workshop that takes place prior to the 2020 SBM Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1.
- The institute provides mentoring and coaching throughout the year.
- The cost is $1,975, including materials and meals; participants cover travel and two nights’ lodging.
- SBM will cover the 2020 SBM Annual Meeting registration fee for accepted institute fellows.
- SBM values diversity both in the field and as a contributing factor to a successful leadership development experience. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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 2020 institute leaders will:
- Provide you with leadership literature.
- Administer the Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation™ (FIRO®). Based on social needs theory, the FIRO® will help institute fellows understand how interpersonal styles impact leadership performance.
During the March 31-April 1, 2020, workshop, you will:
- Enjoy dinner with SBM leaders sharing their diverse career paths, which sometimes took unexpected turns.
- Become part of a small cohort that will stay connected throughout the year and teleconference with an institute mentor.
- Learn who your professional coach is.
- Acquire concrete leadership skills such as:
- Managing collaborative teams
- Influencing and negotiating
- Navigating challenging interpersonal situations
- Welcoming diversity and fostering inclusion
- Start identifying a leadership project with the opportunity to present it during the 2021 SBM Annual Meeting.
Throughout the institute year (April 2020 through April 2021):
- Institute mentors will be available to your cohort for scheduled check-ins, helping you and your colleagues further develop leadership projects.
- Leadership coaches will be available to you for three individual (teleconference) sessions, providing one-on-one encouragement and support.
During the 2021 SBM Annual Meeting you will:
- Present your leadership project.
- Be honored during an institute reception.
What do past institute fellows have to say about the program?
We’ll let them speak for themselves:
Elva M. Arredondo, PhD, on leadership assessments:
“The assessments that are part of the Leadership Institute provided me with valuable feedback that helped me understand my leadership style and the impacts on others. A lot of the feedback I received was useful, but one piece of feedback that stood out was learning that I could do a better job in communicating my vision to my team.”
Randal Wada, MD, on building leadership skills:
“At this stage in my convoluted career trajectory, learning about leadership is more important to me than learning about science. Thanks to the institute, I can say that I will be better at leadership tomorrow than I am today.”
Karen Mustian, PhD, MPH, on the leadership project:
“The end of that project culminated in me presenting an overview of our [cancer] research program to our senior [institutional] leadership and creating an ‘ask’ to grow the program. This resulted in my obtaining almost a million dollars in new support for our group.”
Olivia Affuso, PhD, on coaching:
“I've had my first call with my coach and I just love her! She helped me see why I have been struggling by graphically illustrating my many commitments. My focus now is on reducing some of the workload by either stepping down or delegating tasks. I have already made some changes and can feel the difference in my work.”
Lynette 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.”
Robert Newton, PhD, on workshop sessions:
“The Leadership Institute has been exactly what I needed and more than what I expected. I immediately implemented strategies we were taught during the workshop: arranging my day, how to handle emails, and mobile phone use at work.”
Support a 2020 Fellow
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 2020 Leadership Institute, please contact SBM Executive Director Lindsay Bullock.