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Laboratory Leadership for Group Leaders

at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research


COURSE DATES: 28 September–01 October 2020

This course takes place in Kansas City, Missouri in the USA. Details about getting to the venue can be found here.

For information about booking this course, please contact the Stowers Institute directly. You can email or call either Michelle Lewallen or Amber Garvey using the links to the right.




Notes on Timings:

  1. All timings are approximate, as we will be working in a process-oriented manner. The time spent on a topic will expand or shrink to meet the needs of the course participants. The order of topics may also change based on participant needs.
  2. On Day 1 we start at 8:30 am. Days 2-4 begin at 9:00 am.
  3. There will be two coffee breaks, one catered lunch break, and one catered evening meal each day.
  4. We work until approximately 5:15 - 5:30 pm each day.



60 mins

Welcome, Introduction, Warming up

Give you time "to arrive" at the workshop and introduce the topics for the course. Open the "Parking Lot" for your questions and issues.

45 mins

What is leadership?

You understand the difference between management and leadership and begin to identify how you can improve your leadership skills.

120 mins

The PI / group leader role

How you fill out your job comprises three factors: your job description, your expectations and those placed on you, and your personality. You learn about different aspects of your job (called roles, e.g. "the Controller", "The Negotiator", "the Friend", "Visionary) and how they impact your performance.

75 mins

What do they want from me?

Through this exercise you to learn to understand how to change roles and view situations from different perspectives, important skills for a leader. You will also identify the different expectations in your lab environment and how to manage them.

75 mins

The impact of working environment

How can it be of use to look at your team and environment from a systems perspective and derive ideas to influence your system's behaviour?

30 mins

Working with values

You learn a simple approach to identifying and understand both your own and your organisation's values, and how to communicate these to your team.


60 mins

Research Integrity

Using the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity as a foundation, we explore the principles of Research Integrity, the responsibilities of scientists and practical steps that leaders can take to ensure that research in their labs is ethical, accurately documented and reproducible.

60 mins


You practise with a model that helps you to evaluate your day-to-day communication and to learn how to influence this beneficially.

45 mins

Giving feedback and criticism

You learn how to give appropriate feedback in the lab and how to formulate criticism without hurting somebody

120 mins

Impact of personality on leadership

Your personality colours how you perceive the world and how you accordingly act, both under normal and stress conditions. Understanding this gives you clues about natural strengths and potential derailers for your leadership.

45 mins

Another perspective

Learn to use the perspectives of people with a different personality to offer ways solve a problem


90 mins

Team dynamics

Leaders need to be aware of the dynamics in their team and to respond appropriately at different stages in your team's development. You will also see how to deal with the high fluctuation rates in research teams.

30 mins


You explore the factors that influence your own levels of motivation and those of your people

90 mins

Conflict in the lab

By working on one or two participant cases, you will learn an approach so that you can analyse and identify solutions to conflicts. In addition, you will learn about

  • Common sources of conflict
  • First signals
  • The dynamic of how a conflict develops, and
  • Common strategies for dealing with conflict

120 mins

Introduction to coaching as a leadership tool

Coaching can improve performance. In this module you are introduced to the GROW model, which is suited to research leaders, and take your first steps in practising with it.


45 mins

Running meetings

We explore ideas with you on how to get more out of your meetings, e.g. lab meetings, discussing scientific progress, project progress.

60 mins


You learn how to delegate effectively.

60 mins

Who´s got the monkey?

You learn how to avoid taking on the monkeys (= their problems) from your team members.

90 mins

Interviewing & Hiring

Introduce main ideas behind interviewing and practice the critical incident technique.

60 mins

Problem-solving tools

Give people an opportunity to apply tools such a force-field analysis or instant pay-off coaching.

30 mins

Open questions


30 mins

Wrap up