Leadership and supervision in academia


This workshop is part of the ZMT MARUM Course Series for Postdocs

19 November 2021 | 09.30 - 17.00 | in person at ZMT in Bremen

3 and 10 December 2021 | 09.30 - 13.00 online via Zoom

We want participants to join all three sessions.

Coach: Dr. Neela Enke | www.scienza-berlin.de

Registration: Under this link (until October 11 -  in case you have missed this deadline you can contact Tina Klose (Marum) or Achim Meyer (ZMT) if free places are available).

Target group: Postdocs and early-stage group leaders from MARUM and ZMT who are able and willing to participate in all four workshops and engage in some tasks in between

Workshop Description:

Researchers in their first leadership positions face multiple challenges: besides excelling in research
and teaching they are also expected to develop management skills and lead people in teams and/or
projects to a successful outcome. Often in sandwich positions without any formal authority.

The workshop starts with essential questions in regard to leadership in academia: e.g. Which (specific)
requirements define leadership in research institutions, especially in the current trend of
internationalisation of research? What is my individual understanding of leadership?

It furthermore discusses central issues of supervising PhD candidates as well master/bachelor
students (from sandwich positions) and lateral leadership contexts such as cooperation projects and
committee work.

The workshop provides room for the reflection of the participant’s experience and questions,
introduces tools for the selection of new team members as well as their instruction and development.
Leadership approaches in sandwich positions and/or in lateral contexts will also be presented. The
workshop also focuses on a key element of leadership: communication and conflict management.

Modules Overview

Module 1 Leadership Basics & Professional Communication (Day 1, Live)
• Operational & Strategic dimensions of Leadership
• Requirements for leaders in research
• Individual leadership role definition
• Communication Basics
• Feedback and critical feedback
• How to delegate succesfully

Module 2 Conflict Management (Day 2, online)
• Conflict basics & Dynamics
• Conflict Management as a Postdoc
• Typical Conflicts and Crises during PhD supervision

Module 3 Lateral Leadership (Day 3, online)
• Understanding Lateral Leadership
• Motivating people in lateral contexts
• Communication & status negotiations in groups