13.12.2023 - 15.12.2023

3 days



Certificate of Participation


Prof. Dr. Annette Mayer, Dr. Nicole Torjus

1400 €

13.12.2023 – 15.12.2023

Against the backdrop of demographic change and the worsening shortage of skilled workers, it is becoming increasingly important that the quality of leadership can play a decisive role in finding and retaining qualified and motivated employees. Whether in companies, in scientific institutions or in public administration, managers are therefore increasingly accompanied by the question: What constitutes good leadership? What are the decisive leadership qualities?
In order to answer the question for oneself about the individual leadership style and one's own demands on oneself as a successful leader, a first important step is to deal with one's own values and strengths and also to reflect on and classify one's own experiences of leading and being led. In addition to leadership instruments and communication tools, a successful start in leading employees requires above all clarity about one's own leadership role. The course thus creates a stable basis for one's own everyday leadership.

Learning goals

After successful completion of the course, participants will be aware of their own leadership vision and reflect on their own understanding of leadership. They will know their own values and how these can have an impact on everyday leadership. Participants will be able to identify their own resources and use them in a targeted way. They will understand roles and role expectations, will be able to identify patterns and to develop strategies for the further development of their own leadership qualities.


  • Perception and expectation of the leadership position
  • Perception of values in relation to leadership and cooperation in the team
  • Perceiving problems as a challenge and strengthening one's own optimism
  • Identifying and managing resources and controlling one's own energy (energy management)
  • Connecting: strengthening feelings of belonging, what connects people in teams
  • Dealing personally with change processes
  • Personal leadership vision
  • Identifying individual strengths and putting them at the service of one's own leadership vision
  • Importance of a constructive view of the world as an authentic leader

The course includes short lectures, impulses, guided self-reflections and interactive group work for in-depth practice exchange and transfer.

Target group

The course is designed for managers at the beginning of their leadership position and with leadership experience.


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


December 13 – 15, 2023


Prof. Dr. Annette Mayer, 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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