Researcher: recognise and present yourself as a leader #vitaechat

This chat has now taken place. Read the tweets on our storify.

Experience of leadership often happens from the early stages of a research career, but is not necessarily accompanied by formal recognition and opportunity for leadership training. So how do researchers develop their leadership capabilities and articulate them to others?

"You’ve got to re-imagine yourself as capable of being the next thing." Female academic leader

During this live Twitter chat, the host will lead participants through a discussion of leadership experiences for early career researchers and how researchers develop and apply their leadership skills, in order to step up to increasing recognition and authority as a leader.
The chat will address questions such as:

  • Do you consider yourself to be a leader?
  • What does a good research leader look likeand do you have good leadership role models?
  • What ideas and opportunties do you have for practicing your leadership skills?
  • How can you get more recognition and more authority as a leader?

Join us on the 17 March at 8pm (GMT) on the #vitaechat stream to reflect on your leadership contributions so far and to understand how to prepare yourself for future leadership opportunities.

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This Twitter chat is part of our Leadership theme, including a follow-up Twitter chat on 7 April and an event on 28 April 2016: Leadership in researcher development: Vitae Connections.

Visit our Focus On page for resources and information to help you achieve your leadership goals. 


What is a Twitter chat and how do I participate?

A Twitter chat is a live discussion on a set day and time, usually facilitated by a designated person, around a particular topic. If you have never used Twitter or taken part in a Twitter chat before, there are a lot of helpful guides around (e.g. 10 Commandments for Twitter and Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities)

How do I join in?

  1. Log in to Twitter (you will need a Twitter account) at 8pm (UK time) on Thursday March 17 2016
  2. Search for the hashtag #vitaechat on Twitter and select the “Live” tab
  3. Follow @vitae_news
  4. Our #vitaechat moderator, Katie Wheat, will post a series of discussion questions from the @vitae_news account
  5. Tweet your replies to the discussion questions and add your thoughts around the topic
  6. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #vitaechat to each of your tweets so that it shows up in the discussion stream

Why should I join?

Twitter chats are an open discussion, allowing participants from around the globe to meet and chat in real time around a shared interest. They are often fast-paced and exciting, with lots of different conversations happening simultaneously.

Benefits of joining a Twitter chat include the opportunity to:

  • broaden your network outside of your usual circles
  • find out more about a new topic
  • be exposed to different perspectives on a familiar topic
  • offer advice, share your expertise, and contribute to a pool of knowledge.

What if I can’t make it at that time?

We will record the tweet chat and post a summary of it here afterwards so that you can view the chat if you missed it. 

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