In 2015 Freie Universität Berlin formulated leadership principles based on the university’s three core values – truth, justice, and freedom. These principles are intended to motivate and guide leadership figures at Freie Universität.
Five selected leadership principles are:
- Leaders assume responsibility: Leaders take responsibility for their own actions. They are willing to accept constructive criticism and implement it positively. They also bear responsibility for the actions of their staff members and stand up for them.
- Leaders open up room to maneuver: Leaders give their staff members leeway to act on their own responsibility so that they can contribute their strengths optimally in order to achieve shared goals. Leaders are open to the ideas and arguments of their staff members and include them in decision-making processes where possible.
- Leaders show appreciation: Leaders build working relationships with their staff members that are characterized by respect and appreciation. The same is true of their dealings with colleagues.
- Leaders act fairly: Leaders make certain to take the interests of their staff members into account and to maximize fairness in processes and results. Conflicts are resolved jointly.
- Leaders tap into development opportunities: Leaders cultivate and promote their staff members’ strengths and support them in compensating for deficits. They work together with staff members to develop prospects for their professional future.
Further Information: Dahlem Leadership Academy (in German)