Leadership Skills for Scientists Workshop

An engaging platform to enhance your effectiveness as a scientific leader in a complex and changing environment

  • January 23rd - 24th, 2019
  • Cliftons Brisbane


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- Hone your communication skills to strategically liaise with stakeholders
- Develop your emotional intelligence to better connect with your team
- Adapt to different individual working styles to create a positive work environment
- Address challenging behaviours and scenarios in the workplace
- Drive strategic change to improve processes and procedures
- Increase your leadership potential through feedback and self-awareness
- Understand your organisational context and act as a culture facilitator
- Build powerful relationships through collaboration
- Enable your teams through intrinsic motivation


Desley Lodwick

Desley Lodwick

From coding in the 70s to becoming the Managing Director of a global IT company, Desley has had first-hand experience of the challenges faced in leadership roles; the barriers that hold people back and the conditions that create success. 

Since 2004 Desley has completed a PhD in leadership development and has extensive experience in developing mindsets suitable for shifting workplaces to be productive, focused and creative communities.


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Day One - 23rd January 2019
Day Two - Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Leadership Skills for Scientists Workshop - 23 Jan - 08:30- 16:30


Strengthen leadership skills for sustained operational success

- Understand the big picture in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world

- Understand the difference between technical and adaptive problems

- Adapt your communication skills for leading in a VUCA world

- Develop the counterintuitive skills needed for dealing with complex challenges/wicked problems/dilemmas


Lead strategic change as a scientific leader 

- Create a vision, and learn to guide team culture through design thinking

- Collaborate across teams to drive new initiatives and face complex challenges

- Develop your skills for strategy formation and implementation

- Improve the way critical information is delivered, presented and understood


Develop your communication skills to achieve influence

- Understand and adapt to different ways individuals make sense of the world

- Develop your one-on-one communication skills to improve individual relationships

- Increase your emotional intelligence to better connect and communicate with diverse teams


Resolve conflict and tackle challenging situations 

- Break down negative perceptions between scientists and technicians to increase workplace harmony

- Strategies to identify and tactically address toxic workplace behaviours in yourself and others

- Techniques for effective conflict resolution in difficult or complex scenarios

- Navigating challenging scenarios: Difficult decision-making in a political environment

  • Desley Lodwick

    Desley Lodwick Director STEMMCulture

  • Rachel Cameron

    Rachel Cameron Director STEMMCulture


Leadership in a STEM organisation

- Explore what is different in a STEM organisation and its implications for leaders

- Explore the limitations of personal leadership effectiveness

- Learn how systems thinking can help with resistant and persistent problems

- Facilitate cross-functional communication to break down silos and broaden perspectives


Liaise with key stakeholders 

- Communicate information effectively to different stakeholders

- Write scientific reports that accommodate different stakeholders’ communication styles

- Collaborate with policy and other external teams to build beneficial partnerships

- Effectively communicate technical outcomes to key, non-scientific stakeholders


Becoming deliberately developmental to realise organisational potential

- Understand constructive-developmental theory and its implications for leading people

- Gain insight into your own immunity to change

- Learn to use errors and vulnerabilities to facilitate personal and company growth

- Build team culture and embed support structures into daily fabric of working life


Drive productivity through engagement and innovation

- Timely brainstorming sessions to inspire creative thinking and produce new ideas

- Build an environment conducive to innovation and creativity in the workplace

- Identify team motivators to increase productivity and engagement in the laboratory or technical environment

- Group discussion: What is your leadership development action plan?

  • Desley Lodwick

    Desley Lodwick Director STEMMCulture

  • Rachel Cameron

    Rachel Cameron Director STEMMCulture


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Level 3, 288 Edward Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4000, Australia

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