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Lateral Leading

One-day workshop offered by the Bonn Graduate Center on March 25, 2019, 10:15 a.m. - 5 p.m., Alte Sternwarte, Poppelsdorfer Allee 47, Room Pegasus (0.003).


Course Content

To lead means to take on responsibility, to make decisions and to plan tasks - in terms of people, work processes and outcomes. A leader should be able to act in a goal-oriented and strategy-conscious manner, simultaneously with process and interactional awareness. However, junior scientists are often subject to restrictions in their leadership activities: on the one hand, they are not authorized to give instructions; on the other hand, they must differentiate between management and supervising students - and continue to successfully master their own scientific work, consisting of research projects, committee work, coordination units or teaching duties.

"Lateral leading" means using leadership strategies that can be used to influence others over whom you have no hierarchical authority - in short, the classic leadership situation in which doctoral candidates or other research assistants find themselves in Academia. Conventional management tools do not help, since these juniors do not have an incentive system at their hands (either
positively or by penalties) to motivate people (students, colleagues etc.) - rather they themselves are bound by instructions from a higher hierarchy. In the workshop the participants reflect their individual leadership situation and learn techniques and strategies of lateral leadership. They learn how to use the most important tools of effective leadership. The overall objective of the workshop is to help you discover and develop your personal leadership role and style.

Topics in detail:

  • Leadership roles: what kind of leader do I want to be?
  • Communication skills and leadership
  • Set targets and communicate them
  • Lateral leadership skills: communicate - motivate - be a role model
  • Understanding the thinking and attitudes of others
  • Build and strengthen trust
  • Understand and integrate team members
  • Supervising is not leading: Definition and delimitation of areas of responsibility
  • Feedback and motivation
  • Get your own research done

In the workshop we

  • practice methods and strategies on specific case studies (participants are invited to share their own cases)
  • analyze individual leadership problems
  • reflect the leadership role

Prior to the workshop, there will be preparatory exercises (via email).

Target Group

Doctoral students from all subjects 

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Course Instructor


"Promotion plus"

7 units are applicable for this course within the "Promotion plus" certificate. 


Module 2: Developing Competences





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In case you have questions regarding our course offerings, please contact:
Joana Bürger-John, Bonn Graduate Center, [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.].
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