Session Goals

  • Identify the challenges and opportunities of working on a diverse team with an emphasis on remote/hybrid teams.
  • Recognize how personality traits and communication style influence team dynamics.
  • Understand how your own personality traits and communication style influences how you interact with your team.
  • Develop strategies to navigate communication challenges within diverse teams with an emphasis on remote/hybrid teams.

Understanding Team Dynamics & Communication Styles is a dynamic, two-part session on enhancing personal communication, understanding teams, and making sense of team dynamics in an ever-changing work environment.

Part One: Discovering
December 2, 2021 | 9:00-10:30am
Participate in a communication style diagnostic to identify your personal style. Understand the value and implications of each style, both for building new teams or strengthening existing teams.

Part Two: Applying
December 9, 2021 | 9:00-10:30am
Learn about diverse communication styles and team integration. Discover how to advocate for yourself, manage how others perceive you, and strategize how to work symbiotically on your working team. Run through scenarios with session leads and faculty, submitted by you and your peers, depicting situations in your work team and leave with tools and strategies to handle them going forward.

Boundary-Crossing Skills for Research Careers

This session explores approaches to developing a broad range of competencies integral to establishing and maintaining a successful research career. This series delves into  a range of topics and addresses the following competencies: team science, mentorship, project management, communication, leadership, and funding research. For more information and to access other  resources and webinars in the series, please visit Boundary-Crossing Skills for Research Careers.

Meet the Faculty Leads

Headshot of Baggett Meridale Baggett, MD, is an academic hospitalist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), member of the core educator faculty at the Department of Medicine, associate program director for the medicine residency, and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She co-directs the MGH Department of Medicine Residency Leadership Program and leads both local and national workshops on conflict management, negotiation, and physician leadership. She also serves as associate editor for the New England Journal of Medicine’s Case Records of MGH. She completed her internal medicine residency and served as chief medical resident at the University of Washington.

Headshot of LyasereChristiana Iyasere, MD, MBA, is co-director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Medicine Resident Leadership Program, a residency-wide program developed to  equip residents with core leadership skills. Additionally, she serves as director of the MGH Department of Medicine Innovation Program. Iyasere leads both local and national workshops on physician leadership, negotiation, and emotional intelligence.  Her areas of interest are medical education and clinician led innovation. She is a graduate of Yale College, Columbia Medical School College of Physicians and Surgeons, and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

Meet the Presenter

Headshot of Mary ShapiroMary Shapiro, MBA, is a professor of practice at Simmons University School of Business. For more than 30 years, Shapiro has served as an organization behavior faculty member at Simmons University, an executive leadership trainer, and a consultant to public and private companies. She has taught MBA, undergraduate students, and executives in leadership programs. As the inaugural endowed position of the Trust Professorship of Leadership Development, she developed a university-wide undergraduate leadership curriculum. Shapiro specializes in four areas: team building, leadership across multiple social identities, influential communication, and career strategies.


Webinars in this series are designed for translational researchers and research staff at any career stage. There are no eligibility requirements to participate, and attendees are welcome to participate in any of the sessions, if interested.

We believe that the research community is strengthened by understanding how a number of factors including gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, national origin, language, disability, and age shape the environment in which we live and work, affect each of our personal identities, and impacts all areas of human health.


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