Everything you don´t learn in the lab

Women in leadership

Topic area
(Self-) management

In-house workshop

2 workshop days

Lisa Steinhauser

Target group
PhD students, Postdocs and junior group leaders


Being a leader has its own challenges. It takes good communication skills, the ability to give and receive feedback, some courage and trust in the own strengths as well as empathy and motivation. All these characteristics can be learned and developed. This workshop is tailor-made for female academics who want to learn self-management and team-leading. In addition to general leadership topics, we will discuss gender-specific aspects.

In this course, you´ll learn:


  • Awareness of professional and personal strengths
  • Development of own leadership style
  • Resilience
  • Self-organisation at work


Leadership and your team

  • Get to know the personalities of your team members
  • Personnel selection and team composition
  • Tasks and decision-making as a leader

Conflicts and feedback

  • Critical situations and arguments
  • Dealing with difficult behavior
  • Communicating up and down


Career planning

  • Leadership as a decision
  • Building a professional network
  • Previously colleague, now group leader
  • Competitive situations


Equal rights

  • Legal situation
  • Women’s quota and promotion programmes
  • Bypass systematic errors
  • Pay gap


Femininity as strength

  • Emphasise your unique personality
  • See through hidden power games
  • Search for strategic support
  • To be more confident


Interested to read a humorous short story about the challenges of breaking into the ‘men´s world as a woman? You might like 220 Shades of Grey.

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