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Leadership skills for early career researchers

A workshop at the BES Annual Meeting 2016

Tuesday 13th December, 13.15 – 14.45, Room 11C.

The beamer presentation (39MB).

The sheet of questions about you.

Do you wonder what it takes to be a great leader? Or question whether you’re capable of being one? Does attending leadership and management courses make your blood run cold? If you answer yes to any of these, this workshop is for you (though it won’t make you into a great leader!). The overarching aim of the workshop is to pique your interesting in leadership.

We’ll begin with an activity about observation and listening – core leadership skills. Then, in small groups, we’ll explore what leadership currently means to us, and find examples of good leaders, followed with a synthesis of our ideas to clarify what types of leaders are required today, and why. We’ll use this to synthesis to clarify why observation and listening are core leadership skills. (These are often termed soft skills, but there is little soft about them… they can be very hard to master.)

A short interactive presentation about motivation will be followed with an activity in pairs, exploring situations in which you’ve experienced high and low levels of motivation, and the conditions surrounding those experiences. Finally, in small groups, you will discuss what next steps you will take to develop your leadership skills, and what other possibilities there are to develop further.

You need to bring only yourself and a reasonably open mind, and the only preparation required is to answer yes to one of those three questions.