Transferable Skills Course for Supervisors: Inspirational Leadership

  • Start: Dec 8, 2022
  • End: Dec 9, 2022
  • Speaker: Daniel Mertens
  • PD Dr. rer. nat. Daniel Mertens heads two research groups, one group at the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg and a research group at the University Hospital Ulm. As a scientist, Daniel Mertens is the author of 96 publications that have been cited more than 4400 times by colleagues ( He has received more than €5 million in grants from external third-party funders for his research and coordinated international research networks ( and Since 2011, he has been training scientists, physicians, administrators and staff in transferable skills ( So far, >7000 participants took part in international workshops in Europe, USA and Africa.
  • Location: MPI-MG
  • Room: Seminar room 1
  • Host: Anne-Dominique Gindrat
  • Contact:
What has arguably most impact? To inspire others.

As a scientist you know how to leverage your output. Imagine you would gain more insight into how to inspire others to have bigger impact. Frequently your intuition tells you what it takes to reach your targets, but often you would like to have more tools to facilitate the process. In this workshop we will work with you on Leadership and Communication, providing theoretical background, directly applicable tools and intensive interactive experience!

In this workshop on inspirational leadership, we will focus on three steps:

1. Determining purpose & setting direction

2. Managing people & relationships

3. Supporting the individual & Maintaining momentum


08.12.2022 - Determining purpose & setting direction

09:00 - 10:30: Unconscious Bias, Your vision, mission & managing your lab by objective

10:30 - 10:50: Coffee break

10:50 - 12:00: Leadership Styles (a leader ́s personality and responsibility, Time management

08.12.2022 - Supporting the individual & Maintaining momentum

13:00 - 14:30: Coaching and mentoring (about orientation and potential), Feedback skills, Conflict & difficult conversations

14:30 - 14:50: Coffee break

14:50 - 16:30: Performance and development reviews, Emotional Intelligence - Increasing your self- awareness and awareness of others

09.12.2022 - Managing people & relationships

09:00 - 10:30: Team evolution & development, Workplace motivation

10:30 - 10:50: Coffee break

10:50 - 12:30: Delegating (how to open space), Communication for leaders, Stakeholders involved in your output, Win-win negotiations, Q&A

Please email to register for this course.

Before signing up for this workshop, please make sure that you can attend all the dates and write them in your calendar. If you do not show up or cancel at very short notice, other interested students will not be able to participate.

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