Academic leadership for postdocs - module 2: Team cooperation, stakeholder analysis & networking

24 October 2022 - 25 October 2022
campus Hasselt


The leadership training program, delivered by True Colours, consists of two modules that are organized independently from each other. The second module may however be taken only after having attended the basic module.

In this second module, the core focus is on what is needed to establish effective and constructive team cooperation and on how you can deal with difficult situations within groups. We work on the importance of self-motivation and on how to strengthen this (even) more, and we have a look at stakeholder management: how to gain better insight in who your stakeholders are and how to come to a communication plan that helps to have ‘difficult’ conversations with ‘difficult’ stakeholders. We also zoom in on how you can map and strengthen your network.

The workshop is ran by Wendy Van den Bulck, using interactive teaching, experiential exercises (e.g. group exercise to experience the importance of the building blocks of effective teamwork), self-reflection and exchanging and learning from each other (both plenary and in subgroups). In addition, participants will be practising in simulations based on real-life cases (which will be asked for in an intake questionnaire) to ensure maximal transfer to the own work context. With regard to networking, there will also be drawing and visualising.

Learning outcomes

After having attended this workshop, you will be able to...

  • be explicit about the shared goals and results that you want to achieve and why they are so important,
  • explore mutual expectations about tasks, roles, responsibilities in a constructive way and what it takes to commit to each other,
  • be clear about working agreements that guide the collaboration, rather than trusting on 'we’ll see',
  • determine which topics you should discuss with whom to improve cooperation within the team,
  • identify different parties and stakeholders that are important for realizing your goals,
  • inspire and motivate colleagues to contribute to the larger whole.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • interpersonal competences:
    • (interdisciplinary) collaboration
    • leadership
    • networking
    • oral communication
    • stakeholder awareness
  • personal effectiveness:
    • autonomy
    • flexibility
    • responsibility
    • self-confidence
    • self-development


For whom?

  • The workshop is meant for postdoctoral researchers who have attended module 1.
  • There are 12 places available.

When and where?

  • October 24 & 25, 2022 - 09:00-17:00
    • October 24: campus Hasselt, Old Prison, room - Green room (OG-B1.1Gr)
    • October 25: campus Hasselt, Old Prison, room - Yellow room (OG-D1.1Ye)


  • Register here from June 21, 2022 on.
  • Please register only if you can attend both days.
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email after the registration deadline has passed.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

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