Learning How to Lead and to Build a Successful Work Environment

Course Information

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019,
    9:30 AM till 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday, September 4, 2019,
    9:30 AM till 4:30 PM
  • Registration Opens
    August 7, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    August 12, 2019
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 12 participants).
    Carl Emerson
    Can be credited towards Educational Development Unit's higher education teaching certificates
    Organized by

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills

    GRACE Homepage


    This workshop gives PhD candidates insights into the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need in order to be successful in a leadership role. The aim of this workshop is to enable you to have an awareness of five leadership theories to help you develop your own leadership style as a new leader as well as an understanding of communication styles and what a successful work environment is like and how to help create the environment in which you want to work.

    New leaders need to understand the difference between managing and leading. They need to understand what it means to be a leader, how to lead others, how to identify the key people in their circle of influence and how to build successful, supportive relationships. Doctoral students also need to acquire the knowledge and skills to be able to recognize, accommodate and apply a range of communication strategies in order to work with others most effectively.

    This workshop is very practical and each individual will be supported through a period of reflection and will be encouraged to create an action plan that they can use to facilitate the transition to their new role.


    All About You
    • Introduction and Objectives
    • Pathways to leadership

    Leadership Theories
    • Trait Theory
    • Situational leadership
    • Managerial grid
    • Leadership Styles
    • 21st century leaders

    Leading or Managing?
    • Leadership or Management Styles
    • Difference
    • How does this apply to you?

    Leadership Functions
    • Hierarchy
    • Leading Others
    • Creating a vision

    Work Environments
    • Circle of influence
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Successful environments
    • Your environment

    Effective Communication
    • Understanding we are all different
    • Getting your message across
    • Joint understanding
    • Listening skills
    • Flexibility

    Working with Others
    • Other’s styles
    • The quality of teams
    • Applying communication strategies to difficult situations
    • Questioning skills
    • Delegating

    • Self, Work, Life


    • Theory

    • Practical/open questions

    • Working on examples, practical exercises in groups

    • Feedback from the trainer/the group

    • Action Plan

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates

    About the Trainer

    Carl Emerson has worked with people at all levels, including senior managers, directors and multi-skilled teams across different geographies and cultures. He has delivered training courses in Egypt, Brazil, Mexico, China, The Philippines, Singapore amongst others and lived and worked in Belgium, the UK and now Switzerland.

    Originally a Chemist, most of Carl’s experience has been gained from the pharmaceutical sectors where he specialised in repairing and building relationships and productive cross-organisation teams, but he also has experience working in retail and further education

    Carl uses coaching proficiency, story telling, psychology appreciation, Neuro Linguistic Programming as well as knowledge and experience of training and development techniques in each interaction. He is passionate about helping people step into greater confidence and competance and has a unique blend of coaching personal insights to facilitate the unlocking of his client’s potential.


    15 h -> Preliminary work 1 h, lessons 14 h.


    Registrations will be processed according on a “first come, first served” principle. The course registration will be confirmed by email. The registration to a course makes the participation in the full training mandatory. For this workshop unexcused absence and cancellation of the workshop after the registration deadline leads to a penalty fee of CHF 30.00. (send an email to grace@unibas.ch). Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Universitätsbibliothek Basel, GRACE room 306 (3rd floor) Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel

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