EMBO Self-leadership Workshop for female scientists

"How self-awareness, self-confidence and self-efficacy can help me to achieve my goals"

INTRODUCTION

Self-leadership is the process by which a person becomes more comfortable with who they are and what they want, allowing them to fulfill their potential and build a strong foundation from which to take daily decisions – both professional and personal. Self-leadership enables better communication, satisfaction and more-balanced decisions.

In the world of scientific research, both men and women can benefit from learning and practicing self-leadership to improve their professional and personal lives. This course, however, is tailored specifically to women scientists to facilitate sharing experiences and insights.

Because women are in the minority at the level of group leaders and professors, they can experience additional challenges in their working environments and institutional structures. This course aims to give women specific support, advice and tools to use in their leadership roles. It is intended for senior postdocs and group leaders.

HOW THIS WORKSHOP WILL HELP YOU

This workshop will enhance your self-leadership. We will explore the topic of self-leadership by addressing self-awareness, self-confidence and self-efficacy. At the same time, this workshop will provide a space where you can exchange ideas and strategies with other women on dealing with and succeeding in the situations that women leaders face at the higher levels of life science research.

At the end of this workshop, you will:

  • recognize that good leadership starts within
  • be more aware of your values, strengths, achievements and intentions
  • understand how personality, biases and stereotypes (your own and those of others) impact your leadership
  • feel strengthened in your capacity to find effective and satisfying ways to deal with challenges concerning your professional role
  • identify your own strategies to develop your (self-)leadership
  • have a clearer view of your different roles in all areas of your life, how you want to be perceived in each one, and how to achieve this

The format of the workshop is highly interactive and practical, involving case-studies, role play, small group work and discussion sessions. You will be actively involved in the course, discussing your own life and leadership experiences and self-reflecting in a guided process. You will be taught leadership and self-focused techniques that can be readily used in daily life to enhance your leadership, success and satisfaction.

If there is sufficient demand, GFLW and EMBO will work to introduce a mixed-gender version of this course in late 2017 or 2018. If you are interested in a mixed-gender version of this course, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and let us know.

A note from Maria Leptin, EMBO Director, is available on this subject.

Trainers: Dr. Hilde Janssens and Melissa Davies

 

Programme

 

DAY I 

09:00

Welcome and frame-setting

09:45

Strengthening self-awareness: „who am I“

  • be clear(er) on who I am: personality, values, communication style...
  • be aware of my competencies and skills
  • understanding biases and stereotypes

13:00

Lunch

14:15

Strengthening self-awareness continued...

  • understand what roles I have in my (personal and professional) life
  • imagine what I want to achieve within each role
  • reflect on other roles I may want to have

 18:00

End of day 1

19:00

Dinner

DAY II

09:00

Strengthening self-confidence: "I believe in myself, I trust I can do it“

  • build on my achievements
  • deal with emotions
  • feel self-confident and radiate it
  • deal with difficult situations in the workplace
  • ask for and receive feedback

13:00

Lunch

14:15

Strengthening self-efficacy "getting to where I want to be : what is my next step"

  • how to deal with stress and pressure
  • work-life balance
  • networking

18:00

End of day 2

19:00

Dinner

DAY III

09:00

Strategies, case studies and coaching

  • developing strategies to get where I want to be
  • case-studies from participants
  • peer coaching

13:00

End of workshop and lunch