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Teamwork and leadership

Teamwork and leadership

Discover your potential with essential interpersonal and public speaking skills


We will announce the next run of this course in due course. If you are interested and would like to know when this course is open for enrolment, register your interest below.

About this course

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

Creating a high-performing team – mainly when team-mates come from diverse cultural backgrounds or different locations – requires a variety of interpersonal skills and communication techniques. This course will help you to understand people’s varying work styles and expectations and efficiently communicate with them as a colleague and a manager.

This course gives you the opportunity to learn about your teamwork and leadership style, to develop new techniques and insights, and increase your professional impact with the skills to manage people and articulate the value of your work.

Is this course for you?

This course is most suited to PhD and Master’s students who want to improve their interpersonal and communications skills to expand their skill set and enhance their professional development.

How does the course boost your career?

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively with a team, lead discussions in a positive way, and delegate responsibilities appropriately.
  • Understand and use effective negotiation and bargaining tactics, identifying expectations and selecting the best solutions.
  • Integrate short-term and long-term goals into strategic decision-making, and learn some of the principles of correct reasoning.
  • Use a variety of techniques to motivate or persuade others to follow a particular path.
  • Present yourself and your work efficiently using tools and styles that best suits your talents and circumstances.
  • Understand the ethics of communication; essential in a diverse, international work environment.

Teaching methods and materials

The course takes place over five days at the City Center of Culture in Krakow, Poland. Each session begins with an introduction to the topic. You will then exercise various communication techniques in typical situations (including negotiations, self-presentation, public speaking). The workshop contains a series of interactive exercises (which may be filmed) to put your learning into practice. We create a supportive environment, in which everyone has a chance to perform, and everyone has an opportunity to discuss, analyse and give feedback on their work – and that of others. Each workshop also has time devoted to individual exercises and advice from the course leader. The course is assessed using continuous qualitative evaluation. There is an mandatory reading list for this course; please see the Need to Know section.

What will I 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. You will learn about:

  • Communication and delegation for effective teamwork
  • Creatively framing, promoting, and advertising ideas and solutions
  • Verbal and non-verbal persuasion and motivation techniques
  • Public speaking and self-presentation
  • The ethics of communication in a diverse, international work environment

Who is teaching the course?

Jan Jack

Jan holds doctorates in philosophy and management sciences and 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 actor of pantomime (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).