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Leadership for Innovative Team Science (LITeS)


The Leadership for Innovative Team Science Program (LITeS) is offered annually by the CCTSI to a selected cohort of 20-30 University of Colorado senior and emerging leaders.  Structured as a year-long experience, individuals attend a quarterly series of 2-day workshops, work throughout the year on a team project, and receive the benefit of individual coaching sessions. 

In addition to enhancing leadership skills, LITeS fosters team science by creating a network of colleagues who serve as resources for one another across the University and the CCTSI network, expands opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, and ensures that the next generation of clinical and translational scientists receives the highest quality training for science leadership.  In past years, participants in LITeS have included deans, associate deans, department chairs, vice-chairs, and section heads, as well as senior leadership from hospitals, major research centers, and training programs.  

The LITeS program addresses three key leadership domains: 1) individual leadership styles and behaviors; 2) interpersonal and team skills for leading, managing, and working with people; and 3) process skills for increasing quality and efficiency in the work of academic leadership.  Participants benefit from standardized assessments in such areas as Work Style and Type, Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Management, and Influence Styles.  Experienced facilitators lead the group on topics such as:  Working with Challenging Colleagues, Communication Styles, Giving and Getting Feedback, Intergenerational Workplace Issues, Time Management, Effective Meetings, Project Management, Developing High Performance Teams, and Stress Management.  

Additionally, participants will complete a 360 evaluation process, choose a career or professional development goal, complete a plan for its achievement, and receive guidance in putting the plan to work.  Over the course of the year, participants carry out a project with a small team of 5-7 other LITeS participants, functioning as a working team to address a real issue of concern for the University. University leaders will provide expertise, advice, and resource recommendations for the projects. The team structure provides opportunities for peer coaching and for the assessment and development of team skills as well.


Program Schedule

Meetings will take place quarterly from 8am-5pm.

  • October 19 & 20, 2017
  • November 30 & December 1, 2017
  • February 1 and 2, 2018
  • April 12 and 13, 2018

Selected Seminar Topics

  • Leadership and management styles
  • Building effective teams
  • Conflict management and dealing with difficult people
  • Mentoring, coaching and thriving in our multi-generational workplace
  • Giving and recieving feedback

Nominations are Now Being Accepted for LITeS 2017-2018

If you would like to nominate someone for this program, please send their name and email address to Nominees should be senior or advanced mid-career faculty members (typically Professor or Associate Professor or equivalent) involved in clinical/translational research and/or with responsibilites related to academic administration or education and training programs in which clinical/translational research is involved. We welcome nominations from our CCTSI partners at CSU, Boulder, and the participating hospitals. A few exceptionally strong emerging leaders may also be admitted.

How To Apply

This year, for the first time, we are also seeking one or more intact, currently functioning teams from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.  Nominated teams should comprise 5 to 8 individuals (primarily faculty) who work together to conduct research and/or manage an academic, health service, or other program, that involves clinical or translational research in some way.  Eligible teams may reside within one school or department, or may cut across organizational units.  Teams selected for LITeS will participate in the program in the same way as individual participants, but will work together on a project that is chosen by their own team, rather than one that assigned by LITeS faculty. In addition to the requirements listed below, teams will be asked to submit a statement describing the work of the team and an idea about a project of importance to the team that would be developed over the course of the LITeS program. Intact teams interested in the program are asked to contact Dr. Judith Albino ( or Dr. Susan Johnson ( prior to filling out an application.

Submit Application - CLOSEDIndividuals and intact team members who are interested in applying

Deadline has been extended to May 20, 2017. Candidates are asked to submit a CV and biosketch, a photo, and brief statement of research interests. Participants must committ to attending all sessions of the program. Acceptance decisions are made by committee and selected participants are notified in late June.

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