Teambuilding and leadership

This seminar builds and challenges the participants' team building and leadership competencies in an interactive way. It will provide some theoretical background on leading and working in teams, but mainly it will help transfer this knowledge to practical situations. In addition to group work phases, the training will include several shorter and longer exercises including feedback from instructors. At the end of the training, participants should:

  • have understood the concept of different leadership styles and started reflecting on and further developing their own leadership style
  • have an insight into ways to lead and work in a small team, and have connected this to their existing experience from other work contexts
  • have improved their practical teamwork and leadership skills, among others in the following respects: defining the structure of the team, organising the workflow, establishing clear and realistic goals, communicating effectively, recognising and managing conflicts, coaching and motivating team members, etc.

About the instructors
Simon Raiser and Björn Warkalla both hold a degree in political science from Freie Universität Berlin. In 2005, they founded the company planpolitik. planpolitik has specialized in the conception and realization of interactive event formats on political, economic and social issues, using methods such as simulation games, idea labs and future/creative workshops, and the development of scenarios or campaigns. In addition, planpolitik implements methodical trainings as well as skills trainings. Since 2005, the team of planpolitik has realized more than 1,000 events on various topics with more than 30,000 participants worldwide. The list of partners comprises governmental bodies, such as the German foreign ministry, universities all over Europe, foundations, NGOs, as well as companies. In 2013 planpolitik has started developing an online simulation game platform. As directors of a company with now 10 regular employees and a pool of freelancers, Simon and Björn have acquired some experience in leading and managing an innovative small company and a highly diverse team.