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Agile Leadership for Pharma and Biopharma Professionals in a virtual world Training Course

This comprehensive two-day course will introduce you to the core concepts of what makes an excellent leader - in the context of the pharmaceutical industry - and how to apply the different skills of leading your staff and team to maximise results

29-30 Sep 2022

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Course overview

Working in the pharmaceutical, biopharma, device and animal health industries has become increasingly challenging and fast moving. Previously, excellence in technical areas would have guaranteed a successful career. Now, to develop and even sustain your career you will almost certainly need to build your leadership skills to perform in your existing role or gain promotion. As companies turn more towards team working – both in departmental and multifunctional teams – to maximise an organisation’s performance, employers are looking for people who can genuinely lead their staff, departments, projects and organisations to success.

Leadership skills are an extremely valuable commodity and need to be learned (rarely are they naturally acquired). As a leader you are expected to inspire vision, develop commitment, retain staff and lead your team/department/ organisation to achieve outstanding performance, thus advancing your career.

This comprehensive two-day course will introduce you to the core concepts of what makes an excellent leader in the pharmaceutical industry – and how to apply the different skills of leading your staff or team to maximise results. You will become competent and familiar in a range of well-recognised leadership techniques, which you will then go on to use on a daily basis when you return to the workplace, enabling you to perform at a higher level.

This course will include pharmaceutical case studies and interactive discussions to share best practice.

Key topics to be addressed:

  • Understanding leadership and how to develop your leadership skills to a higher level
  • How to apply leadership to set your strategic direction
  • Leading and developing your team, department or company to stay relevant to today’s pharmaceutical business needs
  • How to lead successful change in the pharmaceutical industry

Who should attend?

This course, designed specifically for the pharmaceutical, biopharma, medical device and animal health industries, will be relevant for existing leaders/managers who wish to enhance leadership skills to a higher level, as well as those new to or aspiring to a leadership/management role including:

  • Team leaders, project leaders and managers
  • Heads of departments
  • Managers who have received little or no formal leadership training and who need to enhance their skills
  • Anyone who wants to develop leadership skills to achieve greater success


Understanding leadership

  • Why leadership and effective management are so important in the pharmaceutical industry
  • What are the core competencies of effective leaders in the pharmaceutical industry?
  • Pharma case study
  • Understanding models of leadership and how to apply these to maximise performance

Developing leadership style including strategic skills

  • Understanding the ‘bigger picture’ and being strategic as a leader
  • Taking into account the leadership concept you are working in – and how to adapt it
  • Defining direction and strategy for you, your team and your organisation

Leading and developing a pharma team, department or organisation

  • Understanding the stages of team development and how different roles maximise team performance
  • Key qualities of high performing teams
  • Setting direction and vision to inspire your team
  • Delegating whilst maintaining responsibility
  • How to lead in a matrix environment

Leading successful change in pharma

  • Why and how leaders are change agents and can facilitate successful change
  • How leaders create the conditions for successful change – pharma case study
  • How to lead successful major change and deal with resistance to change
  • The importance of the leadership role for implementing effective change

Enhancing communication

  • Managing and leading effective project meetings in pharma
  • Stakeholder analysis and communication planning
  • The global dimension and importance of cross-cultural considerations

Dealing with conflict, poor performance and problems

  • Identifying and developing your conflict management style
  • Key principles to influence and negotiate
  • Managing challenging people and situations
  • Giving feedback to poor performers to improve results

Motivating the team

  • Identifying and responding to the different needs and motivations of your team
  • Define what motivates you and your team
  • Motivating the team for optimum performance

Action planning

  • Incorporate what you have learnt into the workplace – preparing a personal action plan


Laura Brown (More...)

Dr Laura Brown BSc, PhD, MBA is a management and training consultant in the pharma industry and Course Director MSc Regulatory Affairs, TOPRA. She has extensive management and leadership experience, having held senior positions with GSK, Hoechst Marion Roussel, MDS, and GCRP, and also has a degree in psychology. Since completing her MBA, Laura has co-authored several books on management including The Ultimate Book of Business Skills, Strategic Project Management, Demystifying Strategic Thinking, Developing the Individual and Project Management for the Pharmaceutical Industry. Laura has facilitated on an MBA leadership skills programme and lectured on an executive MBA course at Cranfield School of Management, one of Europe’s leading business schools.

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NEW higher discounts for booking multiple places - bring your colleagues to make your training budget go further:

  • 30% off the 2nd delegate
  • 40% off the 3rd delegate
  • 50% off the 4th delegate
29-30 Sep 2022
Live webinar
UK (London)
29-30 Sep 2022
Live webinar
UK (London)
GBP 999 799
EUR 1,439 1,159
USD 1,630 1,318
Until 25 Aug*
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  • Allergan Holdings Limited
  • Allergy Therapeutics Ltd
  • Atnahs Pharma UK Limited
  • Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Bayer Healthcare AG
  • Beaphar BV
  • Boehringer Ingelheim VRC GmbH & Co KG
  • Clovis Oncology
  • Covis Pharma BV
  • Gedeon Richter Plc.
  • Grunenthal GmbH
  • Hospira, Pfizer
  • Janssen R&D
  • Meda Pharmaceuticals Limited
  • Merck KGaA
  • Niacet b.v.
  • Norgine
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd
  • Novo Nordisk A/S
  • PharmaLex GmbH
  • PRA Health Sciences
  • Replimune
  • Trilogy Writing & Consulting
  • Valneva Scotland Ltd
  • Veterinary Medicine Directorate
  • Wockhart UK Limited

Laura was great speaker and very competent. I took this course to get more insight in what leadership is and to get tools and tips in how to manage people. I definitely got what I hoped for to get.

Fida Issa, Safety Surveillance Specialist, Novo Nordisk A/S, Sep 21

The speaker was well-prepared, obviously has experience in the pharma industry.

Balázs Szatmári, Head of Global Clinical Operations, Gedeon Richter Plc., Mar 19

Brilliant speaker! The course, content, presentation and speaker were all great and I found the experience to be extremely beneficial.

Jamie Jardine, Administrative Officer, Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Nov 18

I found the course very valuable and enjoyable - having the time for the interactive nature and ability to discuss true examples was helpful. My aim will be to revisit the content and implement some of the key thoughts and techniques to progress my leadership skills. Its been a number of years since I have been on a Management Forum course as I moved to West Canada (prior to I was Laura Davis) but I always find them very well organised and of high quality.

Laura Veasey, Director, Clinical Development and Drug Safety, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc., Nov 18

I very much enjoyed the course, it has provided me with some great tips and ideas that will be useful for when I am in a leadership role. Speaker was very enthusiastic and engaging.

David Bradbury, Administrative Officer, Veterinary Medicines Directorate, Nov 18

Good course. Free discussion. I will advise my collaborators regarding the training provided by Management Forum.

Philippe Kubacki, Clinical study monitor, Elanco France, Nov 18

The contents fits very well with the title and there is room to discuss real cases and how to deal in these cases.

Cuneyit Bagiran, Product & Innovation Manager, Niacet b.v., Nov 18

Presenter was absolutely brilliant- knowledge , experience and personality- it was very easy to remember the content also I have been inspired to search more information about leadership topic and do as much as possible to implement gained knowledge

Zanna Bondaryk, Senior Regulaotry Affairs Officer, Fresenius Kabi Limited, Nov 18

Really enjoyed this to reflect on certain scenarios and share experiences.

Carly Cox, Manager, Pharmacovigilance Compliance, Deputy QPPV, GW Pharmaceuticals, Nov 18

Great course for those new to leadership or just starting in a leadership role. Laura was engaging and clear. I liked Laura's relaxing style.

Daniel Warren, Associate Director Regulatory Development, Norgine, Nov 18

Good course - informative, insightful, engaging!

Efe Egharevba, Director, Orchard Therapeutics, Nov 18

Good. Thorough. Lots of practical examples from pharma.

Christopher Price, Submission Project Manager, Merck KGaA, Nov 17

Great presentation. Interesting content. Valuable ideas to take and use.

Adam Reynolds, Maintenance Manager, GW Pharma , Nov 17

Very dynamic and energetic course, with lots of interactions giving a broad and actionable view of leadership.

Vincent Rivres, Market Access Associate Director, Galderma International, Nov 17

Very comprehensive and enjoyable

Jayne Nicholas, QA Manager, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Nov 17