A small but enthusiastic chat took place on November 13th on the topic of Leadership and the ECR. After coming up with a very long wish list for what it meant to be a leader in academia, we thought about the qualities that our leadership models displayed, and what this meant about the variety of possible leadership styles. There was less clarity about how ECRs can / should move towards leadership roles in different disciplines, especially given the need to balance individual research with other activities at the crucial early career stage. It was generally agreed that we could benefit from a further #ECRchat with someone already in a leadership position, for example an AHRC Leadership Fellow. Most interesting of all, though, was the observation that – based on the low number of participants – ECRs seemed uncomfortable talking about the desire to lead in such a public forum: if we really are expected to display leadership at every stage of our career, this is surely something that we need to address.
#ECRchat on Leadership and the ECR was lead by Jess Goodman. A storify of the chat can be found here: https://storify.com/GoodmanJess/leadership-and-the-ecr