Preparing for leadership for research staff

17-18 September 2014
The University of Manchester

Target audience
• Research staff who are typically within the first 4 years of their postdoctoral career.
• Researchers who are starting to take on leadership roles or who wish to take on more leadership roles in the future.

The programme recognises that:
• Being effective as a researcher requires many varied skills and attributes, which may differ by discipline.
• Postdoctoral researchers may have a lot of responsibility for their projects and work, but often much less authority.

Aims of the programme
• To help you assess your current position
• To identify where you would like to progress to
• To identify what it takes to succeed in your current and future roles
• To have a plan to achieve your goals

What’s in it for me?
This programme will take participants though many aspects of leadership including:
• Leading self
• Intellectual leadership
• Team leadership

By the end of this programme, you will be better able to:
• Appreciate the critical situations that have led you to be successful to date
• Consider what leadership might mean
• Understand yourself and your preferences that will allow you to exercise leadership in a way that suits you
• Clarify the tasks that are expected of you both now and in future roles
• Identify the areas of competency that are required for the next steps into leadership positions
• Create a vision and strategy to implement; decide what is important for you
• Decide the culture you want to create
• Decide how to get the best out of other people
• Decide how to develop yourself to do all of these things more effectively
• Appreciate what is important and essential in any future role
• Develop a peer network

Workshop approach
• Focuses on personal development and action coaching therefore you will be asked to help your colleagues find their own solutions to the issues they are facing and encourage them to commit to action. The other participants will be asked to help you in return.
• Experiential, coaching, and action learning focussed. Participants are guided by experienced facilitators, rather than taught.

Important notes
• This programme will not focus on specific aspects of effective academic practice such as grant writing, publications, or effective presentations.
• If your application is successful, you will be expected to undertake some work before the course. This should take you approximately 4 hours to complete.


• Career road map
• Leadership reading
• Pre workshop evaluation

Day 1
Time Activity
09.00 Arrival and registration
09.30 Introduction; Action; Career road map
11.00 Break
11.15 Values; Authenticity; Superior performance
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Leadership book; People; Teams and culture
17.00 Close

Day 2
Time Activity
09.00 Arrival
09.30 Teams and culture continued; Politics
11.15 Break
11.30 Action conversations; Tasks
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Collaborative futures
15.15 Break
15.30 Commitment to action
17.00 Close

For more details and to apply for this programme, visit


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