Leadership in Research Teams (August 24th-25th, 2020) – Online Training


Monday and Tuesday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Individual Coaching at Day II

Leadership and management skills are critical for a successful career in science and research. Few are born with great leadership skills and assuming the role as a team leader is an adaptation for everybody. The challenge in leading a research team is to bring together different personalities, to motivate them and support them in acting autonomously together towards a shared goal. However, leadership can be learnt!

This workshop is designed to strengthen your ability to develop your identity and skills in a leadership role.


1. Team leadership

  • Leadership as a framework to understand different forms of team and organizational leadership
  • Leadership in universities as unique organizations

2. Goal alignment

  • Understanding and using power in higher education
  • Consciously developing relationships
  • The six psychological principles of effective persuasion according to Robert Cialdini
  • Learning to speak the five languages of appreciation according to Gary Chapman
  • Applying principled negotiation to resolve conflicts of interests and getting to yes
  • Building an effective team

3. Communication: find common goals

  • Formulating a vision, analyzing stakeholders, and understanding their interests
  • The six psychological principles of effective persuasion according to Robert Cialdini

4. Power: Recognize your own power potential and use it

  • The essence of power
  • Power and its mechanisms in everyday university life

Learning objectives:

After the workshop, you will…

  • …better understand their role as team leaders.
  • …recognize different needs, personality types and how to lead them in a team.
  • …set and pursue common goals.
  • …understand the underlying psychological mechanisms of leadership and learn to employ them themselves.
  • …give and receive feedback and built a high-performance team.
  • …moderate and develop effective communication.
  • …set and achieve motivating targets for themselves and their teams.


  • Trainer input, feedback and discussions
  • Demonstrations and practical exercises
  • Simulations and role plays
  • Video analysis (Microteaching)
  • Training teams
  • Individual coaching with the trainer

A preparatory online-survey will be conducted among the workshop participants three weeks prior to the workshop. This survey will include a self-assessment of their leadership skills and experiences, including current challenges and the individual learning goals of participants.

At the second day, each participant will have the opportunity to discuss individual learning goals and questions with the trainer one on one.

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

Trainer: Julia Dorandt | Lukas Bischof Hochschulberatung


  • Monday, August 24th, 2020 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


  • Online via Zoom Pro
  • You will receive the link for logging in to the virtual room via email by your trainer.

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


Important information for registration

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.


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