Concurrent Scientific Session (Core Administration): Leadership in Science


Leadership in Science


Modern science is teamwork. Leadership is a role, not a position, that can be used to motivate a team to achieve a common goal. Leadership in science encompasses the ability to empower a diverse team and create an inclusive culture that provides supportive energy and commitment so everyone can contribute their best. Put simply, the collective mindset of an organization shapes its culture and performance. We each bring to this collective mindset a set of assumptions, a perspective, methods, or notations. Everyone operates somewhere along a continuum from an inward to outward mindset. Our position on that continuum profoundly affects our performance, influence, and individual effectiveness.  


In this session we will present best practices for scientific leadership, what makes a leader great, and how one transitions from a manager to a leader that supports and encourages a diverse research community. We will:


  1. Define social structures and the importance of knowing social boundaries and perspectives
  2. Define mindset, and understand the impact of inward vs outward focus
  3. Identify the difference between social (role) strain and social (role) conflict
  4. Understand the impact unconscious bias can have on our daily social roles
  5. Develop awareness on how understanding mindset and social roles can help us to be better leader


  • A. Nicole White
    Author Email
    Cincinnati Childrens Research Foundation
  • Sheenah Mische
    Author Email
    New York University, Langone Research Institute
  • Mary WInn
    Author Email
    Van Andel Research Institute