Underdeveloped leadership and management skills can result in a number of negative outcomes for novice and seasoned investigators. For principal investigators, the stress and overwhelmingness of project management can have a negative impact on mental and physical health. This can worsen when coupled with impostor syndrome, which may decrease their willingness to reach out to others for guidance and support, thereby increasing isolation and negative emotional well-being. A lack in leadership and organizational management skills may also have a negative impact on research team members and community partners, such as feeling that they are underutilized or unsure of their roles and responsibilities on projects. In worst case scenarios, this can result in compliance problems that can jeopardize the sustainability of the project, potential for continued funding, and for the success of the project. All of these outcomes can impact the quality of the science that is at the center of the project goals.
In this roundtable, participants will hear perspectives on research leadership and management best practices from associate deans of research and a senior research project manager. Numerous topics in grant project leadership and management will be discussed, including: best practices in team science, effective leadership in university-community collaborations for community-engaged research, enhancing productivity with graduate assistants, and managing project finances. Time will be allotted for audience questions and discussion.