Without in any way pretending to be an example, at both scientific and managerial levels, of the kind mentioned at the beginning of Alison Antes’ article in the journal Nature at the end of November (Antes, 2018), I found her paper particularly stimulating at this time of year, which is the perfect time to take good resolutions.
Alison Antes asks the question: What are the decisions and behaviours that allow innovative, rigorous and ethical research to be conducted in our laboratories and institutions? And she notes that many people in managerial positions have limited knowledge about how to create healthy and dynamic working conditions (“healthy workplace”). I’m not sure that this can really be learned in managerial training. How to foster good team dynamics? How to be engaged on a daily basis, accessible and aware of the need to maintain a good working atmosphere?
I will not paraphrase here her paper or the 6 main tasks she suggests to all scientists in a position of responsibility. Acting to establish good working conditions and relationships must be at the very beginning of our to-do list at all times. The title of his article is already a major program. For my part, I will have it displayed before my eyes on the wall above my desk.
An article that is a must read for all those in a managerial positions in the field of science!
Antes, A., 2018. First law of leadership: be human first, scientist second. Nature, 563, 601. doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-07530-7
With my best wishes for 2019!