Teambuilding and leadership

This seminar improves 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 the instructors. At the end of the training, participants will have

  • been introduced to the idea of leadership being essentially about dealing with complexity and about making decisions in complex situations;
  • understood the idea of different leadership styles and started reflecting on and further developing their own leadership style;
  • gained insights into different ways of leading, as well as working in a team, and be able to relate this to their experience from other work contexts;
  • 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.

This course is for first year MIA & MPP students only.


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, including on negotiation, teambuilding, leadership, conflict management, crisis management, and lobbying.

Since 2005, the team of planpolitik has realized more than 1,500 events on various topics with more than 40,000 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. Moreover, in 2013 planpolitik founded an online branch (, developing online solutions for education and Training.