Register for the 2021 BIST Leadership in Action course

By March 1, 2021BIST

BIST is organising a new edition of its Leadership in Action programme, designed using VITAE’s framework, which helps participants build skills for successful self-management and development to progress in their professional careers. The course is offered to postdoctoral researchers currently working at BIST research centres (CRG, IBEC, ICFO, ICIQ, ICN2, IFAE, IRB Barcelona), but is also open to the external postdoctoral community.

The set-up for 2021 has been re-conceptualised as an online interactive programme to help participants develop leadership skills in the current context of the research environment. We will explore leadership theory and apply it directly to the challenges that researchers have working as postdoctoral staff. The programme starts with a one and a half hour session to meet the fellow participants, share leadership challenges, and set individual goals for the programme.

Following that are four three-hour workshops (with breaks!). We will introduce leadership theory related to the theme of the workshop and then participants will work in small groups to critique and apply that theory. We will finish with reflecting on what we have learned and the challenges of applying the theory. These are interactive and practical workshops, so participants should come prepared with leadership challenges, professional ambitions, and a willingness to experiment.

Workshops programme:
• Friday 5th March, 9.30am – 11.00am – Introduction to the programme and fellow participants
• Monday 8th March, 9.30am – 12.30pm – Clarity of direction and decision making
• Thursday 11th March, 9.30am – 12.30pm – Leadership presence
• Monday 15th March, 9.30am – 12.30pm – Communication and team management
• Thursday 18th March, 9.30am – 12.30pm – Stress management

All workshops will be held on Zoom.


Workshop learning objectives:

Clarity of direction and decision making

  » Develop clear aims, objectives and work packages

  » Techniques to support strategic and tactical decision making

Leadership presence

  » How do develop individual and team commitment to your strategic research objectives
      • Strength based leadership theory
      • The trust equation
 Communication and team management
  » Tools to effectively communicate your strategic research objectives
      • The What, How and Why
      • When to consult, when to inform
  » Manage individuals to ensure effectiveness, independence
      • Situational leadership
      • Progressive tasks, maintenance tasks and delegation techniques
 Stress Management
  » The impact of stress on productivity and decision making
  » Techniques to rebalance from states of stress
  » Wellbeing maintenance and how to incorporate it into workplace culture


Caroline Broad (Broad Associates Ltd)

Caroline gained her twenty years’ experience facilitating teams and delivering skills training with a focus on developing the skills of career researchers and University staff in STEM.

Caroline loves working with people who have a depth of knowledge and a passion for their work.  She starts with the assumption that everyone is naturally resourceful and capable and delivers value by developing an individual’s self-awareness, alongside an introduction to tools and theories that are directly applicable to their roles. Caroline is a certified practioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Belbin Team Roles, is a Mental Health First Aider, C-Me profiling and Resilience Tools consultant.

Caroline facilitates an Action for Happiness Happy Café in her town and delivers the Exploring What Matters course focusing on wellbeing and resilience.

She loves traveling in Europe in her campervan, Nerys.


Are you interested in participating in these workshops?

BIST community members, please contact the HHRR Department at your centre.

Postdocs from other research entities, please fill out the form by clicking the button below. The tuition cost for non-BIST community members is 200 €.

Registration form (only for non-BIST members)