Leadership for Innovative Team Science (LITeS)


Leadership for Innovative Team Science (LITeS) is a year-long program focused on the development of leadership and team-building skills within the context of the academic health center. This year, we are introducing Team LITeS a updated program more focused on leadership and teaming which will involve eight mornings of online workshops, and a team-centered, impact-focused project to address a campus or National issue for clinical and translational research. Team 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 our work
  • Expanding opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Ensuring the highest quality training for the next generation of clinical and translational scientists in Colorado

The Team LITeS program addresses the skills and competencies which help successful teams perform, including:

  • Understanding oneself within the context of a team
  • 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 team performance

Evidence-based assessments and skill development for individuals and teams including:

  • The Gallup Cliftonstrengths, which identifies individual strengths
  • The Team Emotional and Social Competency Instrument
  • The EQi 2.0 Emotional Intelligence assessment and developmental tool
  • Team coaching sessions for professional development
  • Extensive training in skills for leadership, creativity, and team process development, including conflict management, communication, Influence, negotiation, change management, building team productivity, and fostering environments that inclusive and diverse ideas and enhance scientific creativity

Teams will identify and develop a team project which will foster their developmental goals and impact clinical and translational science objectives.

The 2021-22 LITeS program will be focused exclusively on teams related to clinical or translational research. Nominated and self-nominated teams should comprise 5-8 individuals (primarily faculty), including at least one senior faculty member, who work together to conduct research and/or manage an academic, health service, training or other program. Eligible teams may reside within one school or department and can cross organizational units. We welcome participants from our CCTSI partners at CSU, Boulder, and participating hospitals. We also welcome teams who include previous LITeS graduates; the program will differ in several ways from the program of previous years.

The LITeS program is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

LITeS Badge for Team Leadership

This badge certifies that the individual has participated in a year-long training in Leadership for Innovative Team Science (LITeS). The LITeS program focuses on the development of leadership and team-building skills within the context of the academic health center.