The Lead Candidate Podcast – Interview with Dr Chris Langmead – Drug Discovery Pharmacologist

Today we have Dr Chris Langmead on the show! Chris is currently a researcher based at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and leads a drug discovery program in collaboration with Servier Laboratories. He is here to talk about his differing experiences in leadership in the pharmaceutical industry, biotech and academia. He has a wealth of experience across all 3 scenes and makes some great connections between them all.

He shares what he learnt from his time in these different working environments and what can be applied across each of them. No matter what industry you’re in, if you are trying to navigate leading a team of people with different personalities or personal goals then this episode is for you.

Here’s what we talk about.

  1. The requirements of teams in the pharmaceutical industry vs biotech vs academia
  2. The differences between ‘management’ and ‘leadership’
  3. How years of experience only translate if you are actively learning
  4. ‘Raising your gaze’: in the absence of mentors look around and learn from those around you
  5. The benefits of working as a team towards a common goal

We also get into how Chris now feels he needs a formal mentor.

You can listen to the podcast on our website.

The purpose of “The Lead Candidate” Podcast

In science, we are taught how to become competent researchers. If you are talented and lucky enough to build a strong research profile, you become a leader in your field. This does not, however, automatically make you a leader of people and yet so many roles that use science require real leadership. This podcast aims to understand what qualities and experiences make a great leader in different fields of science. What are the differences between those that fall into the role, versus those who were made for it?

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