27.09.2023 - 29.09.2023

3 days



Certificate of Participation


Prof. Dr. Annette Mayer and Dr. Nicole Torjus

1400 €

27.09.2023 – 29.09.2023

Healthy, motivated and productive employees are the basis for a high-performing and successful organisation, even against the backdrop of the worsening shortage of skilled workers. Research shows that an important factor that strongly influences the health of employees is the behaviour of leaders. Healthy self-leadership is a key foundation for successfully inspiring, supporting and guiding people and teams to work together successfully.

In addition to motivating the team, supporting their employees and promoting autonomous work, central aspects of healthy leadership are appreciation, transparency, building up resources, reducing stress and conveying security.

Motivating people, orienting them to common tasks and goals and at the same time keeping an eye on their performance and health is the greatest challenge facing managers and the subject of this course.

Learning goals

After successful completion of the course, participants will be able to recognise the importance of their personal handling of daily (work) demands and stresses for their personal well-being and health, as well as for the well-being and handling of work demands of their employees. They will be able to apply the necessary strategies to replace unhealthy patterns of experience and behaviour with healthier ones and can reduce their own stress and that of their employees in challenging and stressful situations as managers. Furthermore, participants will be able to better organise their personal energy management and have an understanding of the importance of a healthy and at the same time resource- and performance-oriented team climate.


  • Causes and development of stress
  • Dealing with pressure and stress
  • Symptoms of stress and stress-triggering conditions in oneself and in employees
  • Self-testing energy management: what is my personal energy balance?
  • Healthy leadership and healthy work behaviour
  • Interaction between employee satisfaction and work-related performance
  • Own-resources and those of the team
  • Taking responsibility for healthy coping with daily demands and developing a personal plan of action
  • Strength- and resource-oriented communication
  • Possibilities for action and limits as a leader
  • Influence of internal and external expectations

The contents of the course will be dealt with in the form of short lectures and interactive group work.

Target group

The course is aimed at managers in the early stages of their leadership role, as well as those with more developed leadership experience.


Ideally, participants should have already gained first experience as a manager.


September 27 - 29, 2023 (on-site in Berlin).

Prof. Dr. Annette Mayer and Dr. Nicole Torjus

Prof. Dr. Annette Mayer received her doctorate summa cum laude from BTU Cottbus in 1997 and was awarded the venia legendi for economics after her habilitation in 2002. She then worked at the FOM University of Applied Sciences in Berlin as a Manager and Professor of economics. In 2006, she became Vice-Rector for Research and in 2008 she became Vice-Rector for Teaching for all FOM locations while simultaneously teaching. In October 2010, Prof. Dr. Mayer was appointed founding rector and Professor of the German Open Business University for Economics and Administration in Berlin. Since September 2015 she has been the Director of the Central Institution for Continuing Education and Cooperation (ZEWK) at Technische Universität Berlin, as well as Director of the Center for Junior Scholars (CJS), a role she took on in 2010. She is also program spokesperson and lecturer of the postgraduate Master's program in Science Management at TU Berlin. In the Berlin University Alliance, Prof. Dr. Mayer is a member and co-spokesperson of the board of the Berlin Leadership Academy and TU Berlin's representative in the expert group of the Graduate Studies Support Program.

Dr. Nicole Torjus has a degree in psychology and has been working at the Central Institution for Scientific Continuing Education and Cooperation (ZEWK) of the Technische Universität Berlin since the beginning of 2016. As an officer of the Graduate Studies Support of the Berlin University Alliance, she is responsible for the program focus on Mental Health and offers courses in scientific continuing education. She completed her doctorate in the field of leadership research and has a wealth of experience in supporting young academics. She studied psychology at the Freie Universität Berlin and has several years of experience in teaching and research as a Research Assistant and freelance lecturer with a focus on business, work and organisational psychology at Berlin universities. She is a certified trainer for self-management, leadership and communication, as well as being a coach with a focus on health and stress management; and a consultant for positive psychology. She is passionate about establishing a healthy and good working environment for academics.

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