LEAD Program

Feb 7, 2024 | Conduits News, Edition 3

Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments (LEAD) Program  

The Leadership Emerging in Academic Department (LEAD), an NIH/NCATS funded program, under the auspices of ConduITS, is designed for Junior Faculty who seek to advance their leadership skills and team science capacity (1). This year-long curriculum includes topics such as personal and situational leadership; establishing trust; influence; working in teams, navigating conflict; negotiation strategies, business plan development, change management and harnessing resilience during challenging times.  This program culminates with a Capstone project presentation at the end of the year.  The program also includes small group experiential learning activities, presentations from experts and former participants, personality and emotional assessments and work with specialized coaches. Two formal assessments are completed.  The Hogan Assessment an in depth measure of personality,  innate traits and behavior in stressful and non stressful situations provides insight into how you project to the world. The EQ-i 2.0 measures a persons emotional response to their environment.  A monthly Leader’s Lab, consists of moderated small group discussions, delving into topics of interest.  This program uses state of the art pedagogical approaches based on adult learning principles.  We also are using a Slack channel for communication and continued interactivity between sessions.

Following a competitive Request for Applications (RFA), we recently selected our 5th cohort comprised of 24 junior faculty (out of 66 applicants) reflective of 13 academic departments (33% MD, 17% MD/PhD , 25% MD other dual degrees, 21% PhD); who  self-identify as coming from diverse (ethnic, racial, gender) backgrounds, and who represent sites from across the Mount Sinai Healthcare System (MSHS). This program, currently in its fifth year, began in September 2023. To learn more about the LEAD Program, please visit our Emerging Investigators Website, which also provides professional development, mentorship & networking best practices, and career development materials and resources.  


  1. Fattah L, Bloom, L, Della Ventura C, Gabrilove J. Building Leadership Capacity Among Junior Faculty: Evaluating multi-level outcomes of a leadership program. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, 2023. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-clinical-and-translational-science/article/building-leadership-capacity-among-junior-faculty-evaluating-multilevel-outcomes-of-a-leadership-program/103C55647F8FCEADA5E597F64F1E6747


LEAD Ambassador Program

One of the greatest challenges any training program faces, is transferring and maintaining that learning in practice. This is particularly challenging with leadership programs, as learners return to the culture of their own departments and their motivation to implement changes can decrease. The LEAD Ambassador program creates a community of practice among alumni of the LEAD program. Continuing to bring these alumni together on a regular basis will continue their leadership journey and maintain a culture of leadership at Mount Sinai. We surveyed the previous cohorts to find out how we can best foster continuing   We are currently forming a LinkedIn group to foster continued collaboration among this important group of emerging leaders.


ConduITS is supported by NCATS of the NIH’s CTSA Program. Any use of CTSA-supported resources requires citation of grant number UL1TR004419 awarded to ISMMS in the acknowledgment section of every publication resulting from this support. Adherence to the NIH Public Access Policy is also required.

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