CLOSED - Successful Team Leadership

Course Information

  • Monday, March 12, 2018,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2018,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    January 31, 2018, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    February 12, 2018
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates and postdocs of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 12 participants).
    Rob Thomson
    Organized by

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills Program
    GRACE Homepage


    You need to be able to get the best out of your team. The modern workplace is a collaborative environment and in both academia and industry, it is essential for success to be able to confidently delegate, negotiate and motivate people while retaining respect and authority in a friendly atmosphere.

    This is not always easy. Teams made up of highly intelligent, independent and innovative men and women need special handling. There is also a need to deal regularly with a diverse set of people: researchers of all levels, administrative staff, external partners and the people above you.

    In such an environment ‘One size’ does not fit all and a flexible approach is essential. This workshop will teach the skills necessary to ensure the full use of all the available talents and so achieve the appropriate group success.


    This very flexible workshop will cover:
    1. Understanding team dynamics
    2. Getting the authority / friendly balance right
    3. Building confidence and being appropriately assertive
    4. How to delegate effectively
    5. Being a role model and leading by example
    6. The essentials of persuasion, negotiation and conflict resolution
    7. The essentials of motivation, communication and managing expectations
    8. The different types of difficult people and how to manage them


    The workshop draws on the personal experience of all participants as well as that of the trainer, thereby ensuring that the training is specific for and relevant to the participants’ individual needs. The workshop will be a structured discussion forum to develop ideas. We will discuss examples provided by the participants and devise strategies to improve team performance. The workshop will be very interactive. Expect to be asked lots of questions, expect to be challenged, expect to participate!
    There will also be games and puzzles but they will be a minor part of the workshop.

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates & Postdocs

    About the Trainer

    Rob Thompson has worked both in industry and with research scientists. He has over 12 years’ experience helping groups in the public and private sectors to optimise their interpersonal relationships and group management. His experience means he is well placed to bring the most appropriate practices to the scientific arena.
    By combining his extensive knowledge of people-management with his experience of training and leading groups, Rob gives workshops to help intelligent people optimise their interpersonal relationships and group management skills. He has delivered workshops in many of Europe’s most prestigious research institutes.


    17 h -> Preliminary work: 30 minute questionnaire (max 1 hour), 2 x 8 hours training.


    Available slots will be allocated according to submitted registrations. The course registration will be confirmed by email shortly after the submission. The submission of a course registration makes the participation in the full training mandatory. A course may be cancelled up to 14 days before its scheduled date and available places will be distributed to people on the waiting list. Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Universitätsbibliothek Basel (UB) Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel

    3rd Floor, GRACE Room 306

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