Jan Karel Felderhof, Graham Hutchings and Hans Niemantsverdriet present Scientific Leadership Course in Capetown
Graham presented several examples of famous scientists, and discussed whether they could be qualified as successful leaders. He gave good advice from his own experience on how it is sometimes necessary to educate your boss, and to ensure that you reserve enough time to generate ideas and funds for research: Time, Money and Great Ideas are among the most essential ingredients for success in academia.
Jan Karel shared his insights in how people successfully develop from newcomers to well-established self-leaders, and may then grow to true mentors for others. Belonging to the team, and feeling accepted and appreciated are crucial requirements for the motivation of novices and establishing self confidence.
Hans introduced several concepts on management and leadership, and on how to supervise team members. Getting experienced is a process that resembles catalysis – after every hurdle taken successfully, and every challenge conquered, one feels more secure and hence more fit towards leadership.
On Friday, January 27, Jan Karel and Hans led a day-long workshop with 18 participants, mostly from c*change. This was a very animated day full of discussions, in which the participants made a personal plan for their future in academia, while some of the seniors concentrated on the strategy of their research groups or even their departments.
We were very happy about the open atmosphere and the intense discussions that took place during both days.
Published on February 21, 2017