Communication in Teamwork and Leadership (Introduction)


Essential interpersonal skills to help increase the impact of your research

When: 13 to 20 March 2019
Where: AGH: University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

Learning to lead and make a difference

Working in a team, and being able to lead effectively, are critical skills in today’s work environment. In collaborative fields, like research and innovation, they greatly enhance the chances of success.

Creating a high-performing team – particularly when team-mates come from diverse cultural backgrounds or are located in different locations – requires a variety of interpersonal skills and communication techniques. Everyone has different work styles and expectations, and all must be managed effectively.

This course has been developed to give doctoral candidates the opportunity to learn about their own teamwork and leadership style, to develop new techniques and insights, and to allow their newly acquired presentation skills to take centre stage!

Please note: Because of the nature of this course, places are strictly limited. Registration for the course opens two months before the start date, so please book as early as possible to secure your place.

What you’ll learn

By undertaking this course, you will discover that performance and presentation skills play a large part in successful leadership. During the course, you will learn and practice the various techniques needed for effective teamwork, persuasion, self-presentation, negotiation, bargaining, and public speaking in typical management situations. Specifically, you will learn about:

  1. Teamwork: so you can communicate effectively, lead discussions in a positive way, and delegate responsibilities appropriately.
  2. Negotiating and bargaining: to help you to identify the main negotiation and bargaining tactics; identify your partners’ expectations; recognise the specific challenges of given situations – and then select the best solution available. You’ll also be able to integrate both long-term and short-term goals into strategic decisions-making, and learn some of the principles of correct reasoning as well as some of the verbal and non-verbal indicators of a lie.
  3. Persuasion: a key element in a leader’s arsenal is the power to persuade or motivate others to follow a particular path. This course explores both verbal and non-verbal persuasion techniques.
  4. Public speaking and self-presentation: if you can present yourself well, you can present your work well. This course will give you the key tools for self-presentation, negotiating, bargaining, and public speaking – and choose the style that best suits you talents and circumstances.
  5. The ethics of communication: the course increases your awareness of the ethical dimensions of interpersonal communications – essential in a diverse, international work environment.


 How you’ll learn

You can read about leadership theory – and there is an optional reading list for this course. But to really learn it, you need to practice! So, each session begins with an introduction to the topic and the various options available to you. And then it’s time to put it into practice through interactive exercises and workshops – which may be filmed. We create a supportive environment, in which everyone has a chance to perform, and everyone has a chance to discuss, analyse and give feedback on their own work – and that of others. Each workshop also has time devoted to individual exercises and advice from the course leader.

Course leader

Your course leader, Jan Jacko, not only holds doctorates in philosophy and management sciences, he is a researcher and teacher at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, with a research interest in rational choice theory. He is also a communication trainer, and a professional pantomime actor working under the pseudonym Jan Gembal.

His one-man shows have toured to theatres in Austria, Italy, Germany, Liechtenstein, Poland and Switzerland. He also works at theatre schools and various other organisations as an instructor in non-verbal communication for business, politics, media, advertisement and the arts. Jan is also the co-editor of Prospettiva Persona. Trimestrale di cultura etica e politica (Teramo, Italy).


Thoughts on the course…

From previous participants:

“This was really interesting because it gave us the tools to decode the behaviours of the people around us.”

 “The dynamism of the class is very useful and to it is very helpful to learn how to assess your own performance.”

 “This is a very good course. It makes you go out of your comfort zone.”


 Practical information

When to attend: You can take this course at any time during your participation in the InnoEnergy PhD School. However, if you wish to take the Communication in Teamwork and Leadership (Advanced) course you must make sure you have completed this Introduction course beforehand.

 Pre-course preparation: There is a reading list to accompany the course, including some mandatory texts that provide a useful framework for the course, without replicating the content of the workshops. Practical information about the course (schedule, suggested reading etc.) is updated about a month before the course and will be made available here.

Post-course assignments: None

ECTS credits: The Teamwork and Leadership (Introduction) course is worth 2.5 ECTS credits.