Leadership in Research Teams (August 29th-30th, 2022) – CANCELLED


Which manager in science does not know the daily tension between research, teaching, administration, scientific supervision, leadership of students, the individual employees and the entire team? In science, too, success depends to a large extent on good leadership. This workshop will help you to consider the variety of situations and contexts in which you find yourself as a leader and to understand your leadership skills in order to improve and use them thoughtfully.

An important step toward confident leadership is confident and balanced self-leadership. Are you truly aware of how you lead yourself every day? This workshop will help you develop strategies to expand your awareness and confidence to take action and achieve the professional results you seek. We will reflect on the responsibilities and roles that leaders in science encounter – including the unique challenges of mentoring early career scientists. In addition, we will look at the perspectives of employees: What motivates them? What expectations do they have of their managers? How can you as a manager deal with these expectations? This workshop will help you continue to build your leadership skills and develop a deeper understanding of how to motivate people and bring out the best in them.


Fundamentals of leadership

  • Tasks and responsibilities of managers
  • Perspectives of leadership in the university environment
  • Dilemmas of leadership in everyday academic life


  • Role diversity and dealing with the resulting tensions
  • Reflection on one's own leadership actions
  • Coping with challenging situations (recognizing conflicts and developing emergency strategies)

Leading others

  • Employees' expectations of their managers
  • Actively shaping communication and leading discussions in difficult situations
  • Motivating employees
  • Shaping responsibility
  • Giving feedback

Target Group: Postdocs and Junior Research Group Leaders from all Disciplines

Trainer: Dr. Viktoria Leonhard | Coach and trainer for leadership


  • Monday, August 29th, 2022 | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 30th, 2022 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: S1|21 Ingenium House (Magdalenenstr. 25) Room A105

Language: English

Please fill in the Ingenium registration form (opens in new tab) and send it signed by your supervisor or adviser via E-Mail:

Viktoria Leonhard is a senior executive in a DAX40 group in the finance and insurance industry and has many years of experience in managing teams. Today, she is head of the central sales department for banks, where she is responsible for four teams and 40 people in total. In 2013, she received her doctorate from the Department of Psychology at TUM. As a systemic coach and consultant, she has the professional and methodological knowledge of team and organizational development processes. Her specialty is team leadership & virtual collaboration.

Her motto: "If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” – Henry Ford

Please note that a registration via the registration form is obligatory for all Ingenium events.

Courses are free of charge for early career researchers of the TU Darmstadt.

Please consider the following information concerning the registration procedure:

  • Please register for each event with a separate registration form.
  • Once your registration form is submitted, your registration is binding.
  • At least two weeks before the event starts, you will receive information about the status of your registration.
  • Registrations are recognised in the order in which they have been submitted.
  • Events will only take place if the necessary number of participants is reached.
  • If you cannot participate in an event for which you have already registered, please contact us immediately to allow people on the waiting list to take your place.
  • In the case of unexcused absence, future registrations will be considered subordinately.
  • If an event is announced in German, it will be conducted in German. If an event is announced in English, it will be conducted in English.

The following applies only to trainings in the qualification programme:

  • The registration form must be signed by your supervisor or adviser.
  • You can register for up to five events per programme.
  • Please send your registration as a scanned pdf version by e-mail.


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