Develop Your Leadership Skills as an Early Career Researcher

What is leadership? What are the skills and characteristics that make a great leader, starting from a base in academic research - and how does one overcome leadership challenges?


For postdoctoral fellows and researchers. 

This 3-hour interactive workshop will explore how to develop a leader’s mindset and leadership skills early in a research career. From getting to know their own strengths and weaknesses to learning how to lead others effectively, participants will come away with plenty of practical ideas, strategies and tools to help them improve continuously as a leader at any level.

Handouts from the workshop

Programme outline

Part 1: Dealing with leadership challenges at any level

Presentation and exercises on the three themes:

  • what is leadership?
  • how can I be a leader at any level of seniority?
  • how do I communicate effectively as a leader?


Part 2: Essential tools for leaders

Practical tools and strategies for

  • further development
  • introducing best practice in managing yourself
  • running projects
  • ‘growing others’



Registration deadline: 10 May

Register here


About the presenter: Dr. Kerstin Fritsches

A lack of effective career training for PhDs led Kerstin to found PostdocTraining in 2011, to bridge a gap in professional development by providing support tailored specifically for PhD students and postdocs. PostdocTraining delivers career development support and mentoring for researchers worldwide and Kerstin has become a sought-after workshop facilitator on topics such as career planning and research leadership both in Europe and Australia.


Testimonials from former participants

“Really enjoyable, useful with a number of tools and practice points to implement immediately. Thanks, great program to help established and developing Research Leaders.”

“Many practical tips & tools so most people would find something of use. Nice balance of interactive activities and ‘lecturing’.”

“Constructive insight; comfortable, open-to-talk atmosphere; consistent with its topic and expectations; fun, promoting interaction with others; helped me to identify my own self better and in a more quantitative way.”

“Informative, useful tools, interactive, opportunities to meet and network with people, well-structured, friendly.”







Tags: Career development, Time management, Early career researchers
Published Feb. 18, 2019 2:20 PM - Last modified May 24, 2019 7:49 AM