This weekend my colleague Yannik and I had the opportunity to participate at a 1.5 day leadership workshop in the Schlosshotel Beuggen as part of the Cirlce of Excellence at the DHBW Lörrach.
We arrived on Friday afternoon and were welcomed kindly by two professors of the university who led the workshop. Altogether we were about 20 participants from the Faculty of Economics and Technology.
After a short introduction to the program of the workshop, we started with our first task, a presentation of the basics of leadership that had been worked out in advance.
The workshop was mainly made up of various role plays in which all participants were given the opportunity to put themselves in the role of a leader. Here we were challenged to test our behaviour in various situations that were unfamiliar to us, such as a critique or target agreement meeting with employees who were not insightful.
Before the interviews, we discussed in groups how the leader and employee should handle the interview based on a case description.
At the end of each situation, we gave each other feedback on how we behaved in the role we played. Our instructors were also able to give us many helpful tips from their leadership experience.
On the evening of the first day, we checked in to our rooms and enjoyed a delicious dinner in the castle. After that we sat together in a relaxed atmosphere and let the day end.
On the second day we played a more complex role-play in which we simulated an organization. There was a main department director, to whom three other department directors with several employees were subordinated. In the organization, there were first the daily tasks that the departments had to do. In addition, there were always unusual incidents such as employees being threatened with layoffs and personal problems between employees and their superiors. The game was a lot of fun for all of us and our mutual feedback enabled us all to learn something from the situations.
We then recorded all our findings in the individual leadership profile so that we could continue to benefit from this very successful workshop in the future.
On Saturday evening the workshop was finally over and we started our journey home.