I have managed diverse teams ranging from two to twenty people in both academic and industry settings. The approaches needed for successful task execution differ in the two settings, largely due to differences in the organizational culture and the goals of the team members. During my experience, I have developed as a manager and have learned how to give both positive and negative feedback so as to promote desired behaviors and get results.
My largest management experience in academia was during my time at the Rockefeller University. Running a small independent lab on limited funds as a Neuroscience Fellow was challenging, but I was able to staff up my lab with a full time research assistant and several volunteer and part time students. I learned to set expectations appropriate to skill level and I got something valuable out of each member of my lab. I still keep in touch with the many people that worked with me during that time.
In my current role, I am part of a broader management organization for a large multi-disciplinary team performing scientific services. In this role I have worked with diverse people (by discipline, by temperament, and by demographics) and have worked through a number of challenging situations. I believe that my management role is to help my teammates achieve their goals by removing obstacles. Sometimes that means helping them with their work, sometimes it means helping identify opportunities, and sometimes it just means listening.