The Junior Faculty Leadership Skills Program is a voluntary cohort group program of the Office for Faculty Development (OFD) designed for those faculty members who are at the Assistant Professor level with less than 4 years at rank. The goal of this program is to provide junior faculty with the opportunity to build professional and leadership skills, and to think proactively about their future roles as managers and leaders in academic medicine. The program consists of 9 two and a half hour sessions held monthly over a period of 8 months on Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 8:30 with dinner provided. Sessions are designed to expose junior faculty, even in the brief time available, to basic lessons related to important competencies as they begin their journey as future academic leaders.
Who May Apply?
Department Chairs may nominate or encourage people to apply, but self-nomination is also welcome. The cohort group design of this program is meant to create a learning community that enhances course activities by building collegial relationships among newcomers to Hopkins that will enhance their experience over time. Please use the attached form to apply by October 12th, 2012.
Session topics include:
Session One: The Institution Hour One: The Unwritten Rules for Success – Janice Clements, Ph.D. – Dr. Clements will present an overview of her list of “unwritten rules for success” along with a discussion of the institution’s mission and goals, organizational structure, code of conduct, and financial considerations it must address.
Hour Two: Your Work/Life Mission: Building a Strategy for Academic Leadership – Drs. Dave Yousem, M.D. and Barbara Fivush, M.D. – Drs. Yousem and Fivush will encourage you to consider your future: what will your contribution to academic medicine be? How do you get there? What is your vision and mission for your work and personal life? How do you maximize your potential?
Session Two: Personality, Decision Styles and Influence Flex Talk: Using an Understanding of Type to Create More Productive Outcomes (the MBTI) – Linda Dillon Jones, Ph.D. – Dr. Jones will present a basic theoretical framework from the behavioral sciences including personality and motivational styles, and how they influence communication, conflict and decision-making.
Session Three: Interpersonal Communication Skills Authentic Communication Skills for Difficult Conversations – Dave Yousem, M.D. and Linda Dillon Jones, Ph.D. – Drs. Yousem and Jones will present a model of interpersonal communications and provide practice skill-building for holding authentic, crucial, and difficult conversations. The three layers of a conversation, “What happened?”, “How did I feel about it”, and “What does this say about my identity?” will be addressed.
Session Four: Motivation and Team Building Understanding Underlying Values and Conflict Strategies to Build Better Relationships (the SDI) – Linda Dillon Jones, Ph.D. – A model of underlying motives is discussed and the question is asked, how much does your behavior change when times are bad and you are feeling stressed or in actual conflict with others?
Session Five: Negotiation Skills Building Blocks for Your Career: Negotiation Skills – Catherine Morrison, J.D. – How can you negotiate more productively to get what you need without creating conflict with others or damaging relationships?
Session Six: Emotional Intelligence Build the Star Power of Leadership (EI)) for Long Term Happiness– Linda Dillon Jones, Ph.D. This session offers a number of questions for your consideration: How adaptable are you, can you be flexible in your approach to solving problems without stressing out or losing impulse control? Are you empathetic and able to build long lasting relationships? Are you self-aware and have a general mood of optimism, drive, and resilience? How can these important skills be built?
Session Seven: Finding the Support You Need
The Mentee Rules: Making the Most of the Mentee Experience – Dave Yousem, M.D. – This session asks you to consider how you could be a more effective mentee, including how you could go about selecting the best mentors and how to maximize the benefit you receive from the mentor, through scheduling, planning and providing/receiving feedback in a positive way.
Session Eight: Expectations for Advancement
Hour One: Promotion Tracks and Silver Book Review - Janice Clements, Ph.D. – A discussion of the basic promotion tracks, timelines and expectations for academic advancement.
Hour Two: How to Manage Your Time to Be Fast-track Promoted – Dave Yousem, M.D. – Dr. Yousem presents successful time management strategies to “accomplish it all” and still have a life.
Session Nine: Making the Transition from Manager to Leader
Managers generally do things according to an established set of rules. Good managers do things right when challenging situations develop, and are quite successful in an environment that is familiar and comfortable. Leaders are generally more intuitive and creative. They embrace new and unfamiliar situations that allow them opportunities to do the right thing. How do you move from the details to the big picture, from effective manager to inspirational leader? Roy Ziegelstein, M.D. will present a closing summary on two important concepts: dealing with yourself - encourages a consideration of the advantages of finding focus, shopping for opportunity, trading security for independence, and striking a balance; and dealing with others – provides the recipe for a happy and productive work life, with advice on how to: move things forward, manage down, find financial support, and create relationship capital.
Recommended Optional Session: Speak Like a Pro – offered throughout the year
Speak Like a Pro, is a half day session taught by Karen Storey, CFP through the regular OFD catalog. Faculty members win grants and build reputations based (to some extent) on their ability to speak with confidence to large groups of people. Speak Like a Pro offers the knowledge, skills, and abilities you need for effective presentations. You’ll learn proven techniques for planning, practicing, and delivering public presentations. Further, you will receive expert feedback from your instructor, as well as personal responses and insights from your classmates. Focus on managing stage fright and maintaining composure in front of any audience. Voice and body language are explored as an effective communication tool. Key ways of adding maximum impact are discussed along with ways of preparing quickly and confidently for any presentation. For this special session, class size will be limited to 7- 10 people per session. Come prepared to speak for 3-5 minutes on a professional topic of your choice. You will be videotaped and receive feedback on your strengths and areas that need improvement.
What if I have to miss a session?
Participants who are selected into a cohort are asked to be available to attend at least 7 of the 9 sessions. With each new cohort, class dates will be sent to previous participants, and you will be welcome to attend any session that you have had to miss.
Competencies taught include
When queried, senior leaders thought that the most important competencies for junior faculty to possess would include:
· Demonstrates Personal Flexibility – Can effectively cope with change, shift gears, and act without having the total picture to handle risk and uncertainty, developing self and others, and challenging current thought in an effort to improve.
· Interpersonal Relationships - Is approachable, and can build strong relationships with senior leaders, peers, direct reports, patients and other clients.
· Planning and Problem-solving – Can organize self and others to make sound decisions and accomplish a great deal.
· Building Effective Teams - Blends people into teams when needed, fostering open dialogue, sharing ownership and visibility to make each individual feel his/her work is important.
· Communications Skills – Listens well to gain a strong understanding of the positions and opinions of others and communicates well up, down, and across the organization both orally and in writing.
· Ethics, Values, Integrity and Trust - Lives by the institution’s Code of Conduct, is widely trusted and seen as a direct, truthful individual.
· Influencing Skills- Can promote and sell ideas persuasively, win acceptance for proposed changes and new initiatives, shape the opinions of key "stakeholders", and earn the respect of senior leaders.
· Motivating Others – Can influence others, even without direct authority.
· Operating Skills – Sets priorities, stays organized, and manages time productively to accomplish a great deal.
· Negotiating Effectively – Can negotiate in tough situations and settle disputes to create viable solutions without damaging relationships.
· Decision-making Skill – Demonstrates an appreciation for new ideas and methods that challenge the existing reality to prepare medicine for a better future. Uses a variety of techniques to involve individuals and question established processes and procedures for program improvement.
· Energy and Drive – Drives for results and perseveres in the face of obstacles.
· Leadership Courage – Can stand alone without creating division, and make tough calls about people. Can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably, finding common ground and getting cooperation with minimum disruption.
It is the goal of this program to help junior faculty enhance their competence in these areas.
Janice Clements, Ph.D. is the Mary Wallace Stanton Professor of Faculty Affairs and the University Distinguished Service Professor and Vice Dean for Faculty, and Professor of Molecular and Comparative pathology. Janice joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1978. She has led the Retrovirus Laboratory at JHU School of Medicine since 1992 and has been Vice Dean for Faculty since 2000.
Barbara Fivush, M.D. is the Director of the Office of Women in Science and Medicine and Associate Dean for Women. In this role she has worked to improve pathways to leadership and advancement for women faculty. Barbara is also a Professor and Division Chief of Pediatric Nephrology and has served on the faculty in Pediatrics at JHSOM since 1984.
Linda Dillon Jones, Ph.D., is the Interim Assistant Dean for Faculty Development. She has been working to develop leaders across the institution for the last 18 years. Previously, she was an Associate Professor of Adult Education at North Carolina State University.
Catherine Morrison, J.D., is Associate Faculty in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She consults across SOM as a mediator and conflict resolution expert as a consultant to the Vice Dean’s office.
Karen Storey, CFP, is the instructor for the optional Speak Like a Pro session and is President and Co-founder of Interactive Training, an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. She teaches presentation skill building around the globe and speaks effectively to large conference groups on a broad variety of management topics.
Dave Yousem, M.D., M.B.A. is the Associate Dean for Professional Development, Professor of Radiology, and Director of Neuroradiology. His work has also focused on advanced imaging in neoplasms of the brain, spine, head and neck. He also has a focus in quality improvement programs and operations efficiency. Dr. Yousem also teaches in the popular Master Mentor Program.
Please direct questions to: Linda Dillon Jones, Ph.D., Interim Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, Office of Faculty Development, 410-502-5521 (main), 410-502-5631 (direct), firstname.lastname@example.org