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People skills can be learned

Posted by FlorianMarkowetz1 on 01 Feb 2013 at 01:50 GMT

"Dr. Bourne thinks that supervising is a genetic trait rather than something that can easily be learned. Some people are really good at it, others are not."

Of course some are more talented in their people skills than others, but there are actually lots of techniques you can learn to lead a group and coach your students and postdocs. To me the EMBO leadership course was incredibly helpful. I can highly recommend it.

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