Leadership for Scientists
Why should you invest anything in your new and future leaders?
A great leader isn’t just someone who leads, but someone that other people want to follow.
Scientists undergo very long academic training. Nonetheless probably >80% never received training on leadership, topics of psychology or professional communication. Therefore, in everyday life, there is an increasing loss of time due to hierarchical behavior. Moreover, it can then trigger aversion in the team, misunderstandings, growth and unresolved conflicts.
Arguably, the focus is clearly on the other, more scientific areas. Burning issues with the team are often underestimated or not recognized. The effects can be seen in increasingly difficult situations, lack of engagement, higher turnover, lack of time, followed by increasing over time due to lengthy discussions, corresponding fatigue (burn-out), displeasure in the team and decreasing performance.
Moreover, the future managers are often insecure due to the lack of background and the otherwise knowledge-influenced environment. They do not feel up to the situation, try to balance supposed `weaknesses´ on a scientific level. There is usually a big question mark hovering over the heads, which brings inner restlessness into the already very stressful everyday life.
Additionally, as the work environment is changing, the future of work is heading towards matrix-structures and expert-teams. Younger employees have different expectations. Responsibility will be carried on many shoulders, resulting in a growing need to train your leaders as early as possible.
Well, they’re all good reason to begin to systematically train your leaders, right?
What do the BossDoc Program has to offer:
Becoming a good leader doesn’t happen in one day. I’ve learned it the hard way, through years of trial and error in more or less demanding leadership situations and reading technical literature. Finally, I improved through my experiences and subsequent leadership trainings and coaching.
BossDoc unites all these experiences with the influence of world-class leaders, via their books, talk, courses, personal coaching, etc. The BossDoc program provides a systematical work on leadership qualities to develop and transform into a leader who gets the most out of his/her team by creating a good team spirit.
The key elements are provided in "appetizing, easily digestible titbits", to encourage change in behavior and to directly apply the learned methodology. Every chapter provides many practical examples and ends with exercises, to allow the participants to put theory into practice. The material is presented as a video, supplemented with a workbook, checklists, and worksheets. Moreover, the group and individual feedback and coaching sessions provide the participants with a safety net, as everything might appear completely plausible at first, but emerge as a challenge when applied in real life situations. Indulge your leaders with a practice focused workshop at your facility, to work intensively on real-life examples. As a bonus, it provides the participants with a good chance to experience important networking opportunities and learn about the benefits of peer coaching. Besides, this opportunity can be advantageous in helping you to work towards your organization’s values.
As a result, the BossDoc program provides the participants with a comprehensive toolbox, filled with techniques to managing themselves and others sovereignty.
Building on this, the participants should begin to recognize their effect on others and act consciously in their everyday life.
Knowing themselves and self-observance helps the participants to self-adjust rather than passively passing the opportunity to become a significantly better leader.
Overview on Modules
|1 The Leaders Mission |
The purpose of why and how you do something is central to be a good leader. As it creates the team culture. Therefore, the first chapter focusses on own experiences, emotions, lesson learned and the influence on leadership. A company’s mission can be included on request.
2 Personal Development
Knowing yourself provides a solid foundation for every manager is the basis for every manager: You need to learn to lead yourself before you can lead others. Yes, it sounds sensible. However, what does lead yourself really mean?
Start with your values and their power. Move towards your purpose, and your `why´. As a first step to learn how they are perceived, participants will discover more of their identity.
Reflect on how you’re perceived and whether that matches your self-awareness. Understanding the gap and separating the good from the great. Knowing strengths and weaknesses besides having self-observance helps the participants to self-adjust rather than passively passing the opportunity to become a significantly better leader.
| 3 Communication |
Communication is the glue that can bind. Alternatively, it can also be the negative mechanism that will keep them apart. It is a key element for a leader to understand your own communication style and how you could improve it, as it influences your environment. As a leader you give advice, orders, coach, mediate, delegate and so on. It’s all done via communication. Thus, your knowledge and mastery of communication is a very big influence on your success as a leader.
|4 Leadership styles |
The style is not all about the leader, but mainly about the team members and the created work environment. It is important for a leader’s development to understand different leadership styles, their influence, advantages and risks and how to apply them. There are also some elements of personal psychology involved.
| 5 Personal and social psychology |
As a leader, it helps to understand why people do what they do, alone or in a group. Ground rules of psychology and selected experiments around human behavior will help leaders to get prepared and be more relaxed when stressful situations come up, featuring typical human behavior. It will also help to increase emotional intelligence, as it sets the foundation for understanding people.
|6 Objectives/goalsetting |
Why should you set goals for yourself or others? Well, first a goal gives you and your team a long-term vision and motivation. First class athletes and other successful individuals often set goals. It helps to focus, use resources properly and to makes success measurable. A very important piece in the puzzle of leadership, isn’t it?
|7 Motivation |
The VUCA-world (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) shows a changing, more demanding environment. The changes cannot happen without consequences neither for your employees or you. Motivation and engagement are key for a good leader to deliver good team results.
| 8 Conflict Management |
Persistent conflicts should also be considered as a consequence of leadership behavior. The consequences can be very destructive your conflict-solving skills as a superior are required since it depends on the degree of escalation. Typically, in science, you will find a multicultural environment, including manifold languages, habits and behaviors, understanding of politeness or respect. The resulting elevated risk of misunderstandings and subsequent conflicts makes it all the more important to learn about conscious behavior for conflict prevention.
Now, let’s imagine that we’re gazing into a crystal ball:
An image appears. It shows that you’re very happy with how the BossDoc Program helped your leaders to improve. Good news, as you can extend to receive support for a full year. Here’s a sneak preview on the follow-up topics: team roles, cultural difference, coaching as a supervisor, delegation, negotiation, motivation, and conflict management. Do you prefer to have a customized package for your organizations need? Would you like to create an environment towards your values and mission? If so, or you have any questions, please send me an email.
Not sure about your needs? Open questions? Do not hesitate to contact me!