Leadership Foundation Course


Leadership & Personal Efficiency

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


All PhD students


Dan Steer


According to ex-American President Dwight D. Eisenhower, "leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it". Working well with other people, we can improve results, increase efficiency and create a better working environment. A good leader can avoid de-motivation, under-developed staff, poor results and conflict. Leadership competence is a transferable skill that can be applied to any working environment and to other non-working situations.

Some PhD students coming to the end of their research period will start to lead teams within the University and also go out to search for employment. For those that do not directly enter into a leadership role, the wider context of this course ("following and collaborating") will help them to better integrate into teams and work with their own leaders.

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the different leadership competences and how they can impact your performance and the performance of others. It is open to all students, even those without leadership roles. It is a foundation course for non-established leaders and people without any/much previous leadership training.

Learning objectives

  • Understand leadership role and competences
  • Improve communication with collaborators
  • Be able to adapt leadership approach
  • Be able to motivate others to perform well
  • Create or improve collaborative teamwork
  • Consider own style and areas for improvement


Three days


Due to the Covid-19 safety measures, the courses are taking place VIRTUALLY via 'ZOOM'.

Time schedule & Venue

Course code Dates AY 2020-2021


LFC-2122-01 September 27 + 28 + 29, 2021 (Mon to Wed) from 9:15 - 11:45 and 13:00 - 15:30


LFC-2122-02 October 18 + 19 + 20, 2021 (Mon to Wed) from 9:15 - 11:45 and 13:00 - 15:30


LFC-2122-03 December 6 + 7 + 8, 2021 (Mon to Wed) from 9:15 - 11:45 and 13:00 - 15:30



Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Doctoral Schools. The no show policy applies.



Day 1

  • Introduction to participants, expectations and the training programme
  • Understanding leadership, leaders and their competences
  • Giving quality feedback to your people
  • Keys to effective communication  as leader
  • Defining strategic action

Day 2

  • The Situational Leadership model
  • Coaching people: Benefits, approach and competence

Day 3

  • The importance of motivation and flow
  • The elements of effective team work
  • Adapting behaviour during conflict

Teaching material

A participant workbook including basic information, links and work-space.

Teaching methods

Trainer-led discussion, peer group exercises and feedback, live examples and role-play.

Number of participants

Maximum 15



Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% attendance, active participation