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Leadership for Innovative Team Science (LITeS)

Leadership for Innovative Team Science (LITeS) has been offered annually, since 2008-09, to a cohort of 20-30 University of Colorado senior faculty and academic leaders on the Anschutz Medical Campus and affiliated CCTSI campuses and institutions.  Structured as a year-long leadership training experience, individuals attend a quarterly series of 2-day workshops and also work together in teams to address a series of campus or national issues for clinical and translational research. LITeS fosters team science by: 

  • Building leadership for the clinical and translational science enterprise of tomorrow.
  • Creating a network of colleagues who share a passion for this work.
  • Expanding opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.
  • Ensuring that the next generation of clinical and translational scientists in Colorado receive the highest quality training for working and leading in their fields. 
The LITeS program addresses three key leadership domains:
  • Understanding and enhancing individual leadership behaviors and styles.
  • Developing interpersonal and team skills for leading, managing, and working with others across tasks and settings.
  • Improving process skills for increasing quality and efficiency in creative work and academic leadership. 
Participants will:
  • Complete a 360 degree evaluation process and develop a plan for using feedback from the evaluation.
  • Choose a professional development goal and complete a plan for its achievement.
  • Benefit from individual coaching related to personal development.
  • Participate in extensive training of skills for leadership, creativity, and team process development in such areas as:  conflict management, communication skills, influence strategies, negotiation, change management, building team productivity, and creating environments to support and include diverse ideas and enhance scientific creativity.
  • Participate in team project development, receiving guidance from university leaders in shaping and presenting projects, to include optimizing potential for implementation.
​In 2018-19, LITeS will, for the first time, enroll a cohort of more junior faculty – usually faculty at the academic rank of assistant professor who have completed their mid-term reviews.  These high potential emerging leaders will participate in the same program outlined above.​


Separately, two 1.5 day sessions will be run for intact teams (TeamLITeS), usually groups of scientists currently working together on an ongoing basis, who wish to use the LITeS model to enhance their effectiveness.  They will bring a project important to their growth and future to work on over a period of several months. Details of this program will be announced by in the summer.​

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