2024-07-10

Interview with Dr. Maxim Egorov in "Personal in Hochschule und Wissenschaft Entwickeln"

In the latest edition of "Personal in Hochschule und Wissenschaft Entwickeln," Dr. Maxim Egorov, Senior Research Fellow at LEIZ, shared his insights on leadership development in an interview with PD Dr. Kristin Knipfer, Executive Director of the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning.


Dr. Egorov discussed his personal fascination with leadership development and the similar challenges leaders face in both the scientific and business realms. He emphasized the critical role of organizational culture in universities and scientific institutions, highlighting it as an area requiring urgent attention.


"Leadership development has always intrigued me," Dr. Egorov stated. "My interest stems from a fundamental curiosity about human behavior, which led me to study psychology and later specialize in leadership. Over the years, I've realized that effective leadership goes beyond technical skills. It involves understanding the 'how' and 'why' behind actions and decisions."

During the interview, Dr. Egorov identified three central challenges common to both scientific and business leadership:


  • The need for holistic approaches to leadership development, integrating workshops and coaching into cohesive processes.
  • The necessity for ethical and supportive leadership practices to foster trust and collaboration.
  • The importance of creating discussion spaces for leadership and cultural topics within organizations.


Dr. Egorov also pointed out the significant deficits in leadership within scientific organizations, with up to 30% of employees reporting unethical and exploitative behaviors from their leaders. He called for a commitment to comprehensive leadership development activities to prepare leaders for the complex demands of their roles.


As co-editor of the new magazine edition, Dr. Egorov invites readers to explore various articles on critical topics in leadership and organizational culture.

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