The Leadership for Innovative Team Science Program (LITeS) is offered annually by the CCTSI, with support of the Chancellor, to a 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 focused on building leadership skills, work in teams on a real-world 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, 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.
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. In addition to a number of survey assessments, participants complete a 360 evaluation process, choose a professional development goal and complete a plan for its achievement, and receive guidance in putting the plan to work. Team projects address issues or questions of real concern for the University, or academic health centers more generally. University leaders provide expertise, advice, and critique for the projects. The team structure provides opportunities for peer coaching and for the assessment and development of team skills as well.
Beginning in 2017-18, LITeS will also enroll intact teams on an annual or biennial basis.