Transition from Individual Contributor to Leader/Manager (New Course)
The transition from individual contributor to leader or manager can be challenging because it requires a new set of perspectives, skills, and responsibilities. Individual contributors are often promoted because of their knowledge and expertise, but their success as managers depends directly on their ability to get things done through others. This session will provide insight on the main challenges in moving from technical contributor to manager, help identify the traits of successful leaders, and guide participants in how to acquire and strengthen leadership skills. The format is highly interactive with a focus on practical techniques and applications in current roles.
Participants will leave the session with:
- Deeper understanding of the fundamental differences between individual contributors and leader/managers
- Ability to identify effective vs. ineffective leadership attributes
- Techniques to acquire skills to manage others
- Strategies to recognize and build leadership skills
Gwen Acton, PhD is an expert on strategic leadership at the intersection of science and business. She is CEO of Vivo Group, a firm that improves the leadership skills of technical experts so they can be more productive and innovative in industry. Prior to this, she served as Director of Scientific Development at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, where she ran the operations of the Functional Genomics Program, a $40 million, 50-person academic-industry collaborative research program. Dr. Acton has a doctorate in biology from M.I.T., and served as a faculty member at Harvard University in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. She is the author of the book "The Bluffer’s Guide to Genetics," a humorous guide to DNA published by Oval Books, and the former president of Women Entrepreneurs in Science & Technology (WEST). Dr. Acton is a popular speaker, workshop presenter, and facilitator.