Sašo Kočevar, Managing Director at hfp consulting and a Senior Consultant shares his views on leadership in science.
Why is leadership needed in science?
Professional development (communication, conflict resolution, management skills) is a relatively new field. hfp consulting has been active since 2005, and since then the relevance of programs for PhD supervisors, PIs and so on has been acknowledged. And scientific leaders are becoming more aware of their responsibility in the training of … Read more “A good leader knows s/he doesn’t have all the answers”
Tobias Maier, scientist and Senior Consultant answers some questions on the career development course outside academia at hfp consulting.
Why would scientists need to consider a career development course?
When most scientists enter academia, they basically follow a well-trodden path: they had good marks at school, liked scientific topics, enjoyed university and ended up doing a PhD because it is often the path of least resistance.
What makes diverse teams in collaborative projects successful?
Recently, I had the privilege of participating in the annual meeting of the African Cassava Whitefly Project, and could directly ask its members to share what they consider key to a successful team collaboration.
Do you see a crisis as a burden or an opportunity? Can you be a real leader when facing a critical situation? Strong leadership is not demonstrated simply by driving people towards a goal, but by showing the courage to lead. By being adaptable, by showing readiness for discussion with your co-workers, by taking time and talking to them. This is the only possible way of effectively leading in a pandemic.