How to row the boat? – Leadership skills

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Duration: 2-3 days

Course type: In-house seminar

Target group: PhD students, Postdocs and junior group leaders

Trainer: Philipp Gramlich or Lisa Steinhauser

Number of participants: Max. 12

Leadership has undergone changes- in parallel with changes to our work environments. Flatter hierarchies, project work in a matrix structure and more rapid changes of assignments, locations and colleagues are but some of the new challenges we all face. Interpersonal skills become ever more important when leading a team or a project: for motivation, conflict resolution or work delegation.

Seminar contents

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  • How to get the best team and not just clones of yourself
  • Overcoming biases in staff selection and other work processes

Leadership styles

 Can we find a leadership style that fits all types and is this even desirable?

  • Who to delegate to in your diverse team and how?
  • Staff development

Conflict management

 Prevent conflicts by your lab set-up: communication and practicalities

Deescalate and resolve conflicts by mediation and through fair negotiations

Escalate professionally if necessary

Feedback and other one-on-ones

  • Giving and receiving critical feedback
  • Feedback in the international context: how (in-) direct can I be?

This seminar can be offered to a wide range of target groups (PhD students to PIs). However, there should be a focus in the target group, e.g. a course for young scientists without prior formal leadership experience or for more experienced ones, who have already experienced this situation.

This course can be combined with How to get research funding from industry to give the integrated 4-day programme Leading your own group.


Karin Bodewits ( or Philipp Gramlich ( )/ Tel: +49 (0)89 99 016 971