Leadership Skills

Leadership Skills for Doctoral Researchers

Leadership know-how is often neglected at universities. It is, however, a very important part of an academic's skillset. As a doctoral researcher, you will both have to lead and be under the guidance of one or more supervisors. Moreover, you might have to instruct students, student assistants, or other members of your group.

This workshop will teach you the basics of leadership skills. We will discuss different types of leadership, its special role in academia, and your personal style of being and becoming a leader.

In particular, the workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of leadership
  • Different aspects of leadership and individual experiences
  • How to deal with challenging situations and solving conflicts as/with a team leader
  • Personal development of leadership skills

This workshop is sponsored by the DAAD project "GradUS global".

Information on the event

:  Monday/Tuesday, 18th/19th January 2016

Time: 14.00-18.00 hrs. on Monday, 9.00-17.00 hrs. on Tuesday

Venue: Graduate Centre, Building C9 3 (see location plan)

Fee: 70 Euro (less GradUS credit; see below)

Registration: see information in the top-right corner (max. 12 participants)

Please note

further information on the GradUS credit and participation in workshops


Robert Kötter runs several successful companies and is co-founder of the German consulting firm zweirat. He is a leadership coach with more than ten years of experience in companies and at universities. As an academic, he has studied and conducted research in Bonn, Leipzig, and Tokyo and is now based in Cologne. He has just published the highly-acclaimed book "Design Your Life".