6 Leadership skills for women in science

Academia Raetica

General information and fee

  • Dates: Thursday, June 15, and Friday, June 16

  • Location: SLF, Flüelastrasse 11, Davos Dorf

  • Time: both days 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM

  • Language: English

  • Lecturer: Monika Maria Thiel, M.A.

  • Target audience: Women in science

  • Course fee for participants from Academia Raetica member or partner institutions: CHF 180

  • External participants (not working at an Academia Raetica member or partner institution): CHF 350

  • Registration deadline: May 31, 2023

  • Max. number participants: 12 (min. number participants 8)

  • Our terms and conditions

  • Course Coordinator: Daniela Heinen, daniela.heinen@academiaraetica.ch, phone 081 410 60 84

  • Credit points: In-person course workload: 15 hrs, Pre- and post workload: 8 hrs. Participants are asked to read Yukl GA 2010 (or a later edition) Leadership in Organizations. 7th ed. Pearson Education, Prentice Hall:  Chapter 11: “Leadership in Teams and Decision Groups” pages: 332-364. Participants who need the ECTS are asked to write a 1-2-page reflection on their learnings after the course. Please check with your supervisor at your university, if the course counts towards ECTS.

  • Course certificate: You will receive a certificate of attendance, if you attend the entire course.

How to lead and motivate a team and plan efficiently

Did you know that your leadership style and the quality of team communication have a huge impact on motivation and performance? That team dynamics can either become an obstacle or lead to a success story? Performance and results depend on the quality of teamwork, on established communication and cooperation structures and effective task management. And last but not least on your attitude, confidence (!) and ability to build trust, integrate and get every team member aboard. If you want to enhance your leadership and self-management skills and at the same time have fun with group exercises and role-playing games, this workshop is for you.

After getting to know relevant leadership models, our focus will be on leading yourself. You will learn how to implement effective routines and tools right from the beginning in order to save you from common pitfalls. The workshop provides you with basic aspects of team dynamics and useful elements of leadership communication. Furthermore, we will discuss elements of motivating leadership and how to build trust and encourage teams towards the realization of goals.These new-found leadership skills will help you motivate and inspire a team, leverage teamwork i.e., initiate and maintain a positive team spirit and successful collaboration.

Discussion points

  • Relevant leadership models with focus on transformational leadership

  • Leading in the VUCA world

  • Team development stages and team roles

  • Elements of high performance teams

  • Planning and prioritizing own and the team’s tasks (Kanban method)

  • Leading yourself (attitude, confidence, strength orientation, work-life balance)

  • Communicating effectively in a leading role

  • Meeting culture

  • Deal with emotions (own and others’)

  • Unify diverse teams, integrate different personalities and interests (Riemann types)

  • Motivate and inspire by finding attractive goals, making accomplishments visible,

  • encouraging and challenging with feedback

  • Build trust through listening and empathy


Trainer input, demonstrations, exercises, role-playing activities, group discussions, video clip examples, feedback, etc.. Each participant is encouraged to explore her style and thus expand their individual set of leadership skills.

About the lecturer

Monika Maria Thiel studied Theology before gaining an MA in I/O Psychology, Psycholinguistics and Intercultural Communication as well as additional qualifications in the fields of Commercial Mediation, Collaborative Practice, the Graves Values System, Systemic Supervision and Consulting. She is also a certified trainer and speech therapist.

Before founding Creative Dialogue in 2006, Monika Maria managed an adult education institution. She also worked 15 years as an editor for the Springer publishing house in Heidelberg. Monika Maria is a specialist for leadership, team development, communication and conflict management and is a lecturer at a number of universities both in Germany and abroad. As a coach, trainer, facilitator and mediator, Monika Maria has developed international teams and individuals. She has gained international experience in Luxembourg, Belgium, Switzerland, France, the UK, Bolivia, the USA, Israel and Palestine.


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