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Intermediate Leadership

Workshop 2 - Academic Career Development Programme

Workshop language English
Date 13./14.06.2024
Time 09.00 am - 05.00 pm and 09.00 am - 12:30 pm

The positions of junior research group leaders and experienced postdocs are often described as a challenging “sandwich position”. On the one hand, in these positions, you lead single researchers or an entire scientific team, on the other hand you are dependent on the heads of departments etc. This requires competencies in leading a team as well as in lateral leadership.
One aim of the workshop is to introduce you to the tools needed to lead a team successfully. As a basic model, the approach of transformational leadership will be introduced. Further, you will reflect on the different expectations others have of you in your specific leadership role, and get to know instruments for clarifying such expectations in discussions. In this compact course, you will learn how to address difficult topics with team members and colleagues and how to lead discussions in a solution-oriented manner.

This compact course provides you with tools to motivate and lead your team, and to advance your own ideas and interests within a lateral context.

  • The model of team leadership
  • Fundamentals of transformational leadership
  • Expectation management in a “sandwich position”
  • Building trust and understanding
  • Target-oriented and inspiring leadership strategies
  • Master difficult discussions with team members and on a lateral level solution-orientated

This course follows a process-oriented approach and will continually address the participants’ individual questions in single work and group discussions, exercises and reflection units. Interactive and inclusive methods will be used so that participants can optimally apply the skills learnt to their daily work at the university. Theoretical segments will be recapitulated in the form of short summaries and checklists for the participants to increase the depth of learning.

Dr. Anja Frohnen is an expert for leadership development, leadership coaching and organizational and personnel development in academia.
Founder and Managing Director of Impulsplus, she works nationally and internationally as a trainer and coach in leadership development and personnel development at universities and research institutes.