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Leadership training

for scientific minds

Evidence-based and science-relevant.
In the classroom or live online.

We create bespoke training with the relevance and credibility to meet scientific learners' needs head-on.
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"This course was unlike any other I have been on and it has been nothing short of transformational for me."
Dr Rachel Cavanagh, British Antarctic Survey
Training designed to resonate
with scientific minds


Scientists want to see the evidence
for new ideas.

We signpost peer reviewed research and robust studies to back up all of the key ideas we teach on our courses.

Scientific context

Scientists want training that is
relevant to their roles.

We design bespoke scenarios, role plays and practical sessions that are realistic to your delegates' roles.

Specialist trainers

Scientists want trainers who understand
their working world.

Our trainers have years of experience working with scientific organisations in research, L&D and operational roles.

"I learned new skills that are not taught in graduate training, but are quite critical for the success of those managing large teams and programs. "
Dr Danielle Roubinov, University of North Carolina
Pick your content from our extensive library...

We can help you design your programme, choosing the balance of topics that will have the greatest impact on your group.

You can select from our existing library, or we can create new content to meet any specific needs.

The topics described below are just the tip of the iceberg! 

Identify the controllable factors that influence a team's performance. Learn a range of techniques you can use as a manager or leader to boost your team's output and efficiency.

Learn what team culture is, how it influences performance and wellbeing, and what you can do to create a healthy culture in your team. Build a team culture founded on psychological safety.

Support your team members to develop and flourish through one-to-one coaching. Learn a range of approaches to building your coachees' confidence, autonomy and contribution at work.

CI is the group equivalent of individual IQ. Teams with high CI outperform others on a range of tasks, from ideation to decision-making. Explore ways to boost CI in your team.

Your personal impact and ability to influence others inside and beyond your team is vital to your impact as a leader. Learn how to make the best possible impression on those you work with.

Learn how creating an optimal fit between team members' skills and the tasks they have to complete in their day-to-day work is a powerful way of maximising team performance.

Explore the different thinking styles encompassed by your team. Discover new ways to harness this diversity to maximise both team and individual performance.

Constructive disagreement is vital to good decision making, but when disagreement slips into conflict it can be deeply disruptive. Learn how to manage disagreement and to defuse conflict when it arises. 

Levels of EI have been shown to be a key predictor of a team's performance in collaborative tasks. Discover how EI is a learnable skill, and what you can do to boost yours.  

Explore ways of taking that vital step back to look at the pig picture and develop longer-term plans for your team and organisation.

Developing your professional connections both within and beyond your organisation is a vital career skill. Discover a range of ways to build your network, increase your visibility and build your reputation.

Learn how to create and agree a charter with your team, setting out standards and expectations and providing a basis for building a strong team culture. 

Learn about the importance of resilience to individual performance, and explore a range of tactics and strategies for boosting wellbeing in your team.

Ensuring team members feel supported, confident and respected is essential to long-term engagement and productivity. Learn how to create a psychologically safe culture in your team.

The processes we use to combine skills and knowledge are the vital infrastructure of effective teamwork. Refine your collaboration process to increase the efficiency of your team.

Learn how we all communicate - and respond to others - in different ways. Understanding and adapting to each other's preferences can be a powerful way of achieving clearer and more effective communication.

Explore a range of tools to help build a stronger sense of shared responsibility and purpose across the team. Identity practices that will sustain this in the long-term.

Create a commitment to applying new thinking and skills by creating personal action plans, which can be shared with line managers. 

... or go with our classic STEM Leadership Programme

1. Leadership & management

1.1 Engagement and Emotional Intelligence

  • Engagement science – understanding engagement of teams and motivating individuals
  • The top 12 predictors of staff engagement
  • The 12 categories and 4 domains of emotional intelligence
  • The link between emotional intelligence and effective leadership
  • Ways to develop self-awareness and emotional intelligence in yourself and your team

1.2 Leading and managing your team

  • Management – what does it mean and how do we do it day to day?
  • Leadership behaviours, skills and knowledge
  • Developing a flexible leadership style
  • Managing up – working productively with your manager and senior colleagues

1.3 Coaching and mentoring your team

  • Setting clear objectives for yourself and your team
  • Coaching models
    Skills practice
  • Carrying out an effective one-to-ones
  • Recruiting great people

2. Personal impact & comms

2.1 Personal impact and influence

  • Circle of control – identifying what you can control and influence, and what you can’t do anything about.
  • Discovering your natural influencing style.
  • Developing a flexible influencing style to increase your impact
  • Adapting your tone and body language to create the impressions you choose.
  • The difference between intention and behaviour.
  • Increasing your visibility

2.2 Communicating and presenting with impact

  • How to present yourself confidently
  • Using your voice to create impact
  • How to ‘fake it till you make it’
  • Delivering clear and impactful messages

2.3 Different types of challenging conversations

  • Different types of tricky conversations and how to manage them
  • Managing challenging attitudes and behaviour
  • Communication skills during challenging conversations

2.4 Handling challenging emotions

  • The role of words, tone and body language
  • Identify your own trigger points and how to manage these
  • How to gain the other person’s attention / buy-in
  • Five communication styles and which ones are used in different situations

2.5 Preparing for your own challenging conversation

  • Questions to consider before you have a challenging conversation
  • Anticipating the other person’s responses and how you’ll respond
  • Optional skills practice using scenarios written for your own organisation

3. Strategy, politics & resilience

3.1 Strategy

  • Where would you like to get to, and how are you going to get there?
  • Thinking strategically about your career
  • Planning strategically for yourself and your team
  • Working ‘on the business’ as well as ‘in the business’
  • Seeing the bigger picture

3.2 Widening your influence and network

  • Power and politics
  • Understanding the political landscape and how to influence it
  • Increasing your personal profile at work
  • Building networks, coalitions and support processes
  • Making the most of networking opportunities at conferences etc.

3.3 Developing personal resilience

  • Definition of resilience and wellbeing.
  • How are you resilient? Understanding own resilience through the Cooper/Robertson Questionnaire (completed before the course)
  • Managing your energy throughout the working day and week
  • Responding to change and how this is linked to resilience

3.4 Building Emotional Resilience – Dealing with pressure and overcoming setbacks

  • Reframing and Cognitive Restructuring – identifying thinking patterns to deal with setbacks positively:
    • ABC thinking
    • Multiple perspectives
  • Making the most of your own time – switching off and recharging
  • Mindfulness
  • Developing ‘bounce-back’


Clients include:
"The whole course was energizing and practical,
and I'm already using the tools we learnt."
Victoria Lebedeva, Wellcome Genome Campus
Choose a delivery format
to suit your learners
Book a single session or design a complete leadership programme.

Choose from live online training, one-to-one coaching, or traditional face-to-face learning - or create a blend of all three.

All of our trainers have long track-records working with and for scientific organisations, and understand the specific challenges of transforming analytical, task-oriented scientists into great people managers.

We'd love to talk to you about how we could combine our expertise with your inside knowledge to create a truly transformation development programme for your current or future leaders.

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  • Track record and testimonials
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STEM Leadership Academy

Part of Cambridge Executive Development Ltd.
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