Self-leadership: look within to succeed

Self-leadership: look within to succeed


Leuven, Park Inn Hotel

Start date:

25 September 2019


25 till 27 September 2019 (course finishes after lunch on 27 September)

General context

In the world of scientific research, women clearly form a minority at the level of group leaders and professors. Increasing the number of women in science can only be reached through a diversity of approaches.

One essential contribution to this is conscious efforts from both men and women, which requires awareness on all sides.

Another essential factor is supporting women's self-leadership, i.e. the process by which they will become more comfortable with who they are and what they want, thus leading to better communication and fulfillment.

In this workshop, we will explore the topic of self-leadership by addressing self-awareness, self-confidence and self-efficacy. At the same time, the workshop provides a space where women can exchange ideas and strategies on how to cope with situations they may be facing due to being part of a minority group.


At the end of this workshop, you will:

  • recognize that good leadership starts within.
  • be more aware of your values, strengths, achievements and intentions.
  • understand how personality, biases and stereotypes (your own and those others) impact your leadership.
  • feel strengthened in your capacity to find effective and satisfying ways to deal with challenges concerning your professional role.
  • identify your own strategies to develop your self-leadership.
  • have a clearer view of your different roles in all areas of your life, how you want to be perceived in each one, and how to achieve this.

The format of the workshop is highly interactive and practical, involving case-studies, role play, small group work and discussion sessions. Participants (maximum 16) will get actively involved in the course, discussing their own life experiences and being self-reflective, in a stimulating and guided process. They will acquire tools that can be readily used in daily life.

Event intended for

Women postdocs, last year PhD students and junior group leaders from VIB

Extra information
  • Registration is only open for female VIB participants and is free.
  •  Note that upon no show without valid justification a fee of € 100 will be charged and you will be blacklisted for the VIB training program for 1 year. Click here for more information


Hilde Janssens

Dr. Hilde Janssens has worked for almost 20 years as an academic researcher and since 2010 she is a trainer, giving workshops in communication and leadership skills, exclusively for researchers in academia and research institutes. In 2014, she started ServusScience. Since 2016 she also works at IST Austria on Diversity & Inclusion and Family Services.

Melissa Davies

Melissa Davies founded negoservices in 2000. Graduate from the London School of Economics, Melissa is an international consultant with wide experience in strategic and operational management, particularly in the fields of IT, project management, organisational development, partnership brokering and fundraising. A professional independent negotiator, Melissa has over 18 years experience in negotiating agreements and building lasting partnerships in both national and international environments, and in training in negotiation skills and conflict management.


Strenghtening self-awareness: "who am I"

  • be clear(er) on who I am: personality, values, communication style, ...
  • be aware of my competencies and skills
  • understanding biases and stereotypes
  • understand what roles I have in my (personel and professional) life
  • imagine what I want to achieve within each role
  • reflect on other roles I may want to have

Strenghtening self-confidence: "I believe in myself, I trust I can do it"

  • build on my achievements
  • deal with emotions
  • feel self-confident and radiate it
  • deal with difficult situations in the workplace
  • ask for and receive feedback

Strenghtening self-efficacy: "getting to where I want to be: what is my next step"

  • how to deal with stress and pressure
  • work-life balance
  • networking
  • developing strategies to get where I want to be
  • case-studies from participants
  • peer coaching

Practical info

Location & Venue
Park Inn by Radisson Leuven

Martelarenlaan 36
3010 Leuven

Public transport
Park Inn by Radisson Leuven
Public transport

The hotel is located 300m from Leuven Central Station. The hotel connects to Leuven Central Station by a pedestrian bridge.

Route description
Park Inn by Radisson Leuven

Park Inn hotel has no own parking. It is possible to park underground in P1-Parking Station Leuven, Martelarenlaan 4, 3010 Leuven.

Venue contact
Park Inn by Radisson Leuven
Location contact

+32 16 61 66 02