Night of Science in Düsseldorf

The aim of the 3rd Night of Science ["Nacht der Wissenschaft"] in Düsseldorf was to present research results to the public in order to exchange ideas. In the middle of the city - at the house of the university and on Schadowplatz - the universities and research institutions of the science region Düsseldorf gave an insight into the diversity of their work. Two professors from WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management were also present: Professor Dr. Miriam Müthel gave an exciting lecture on "Failure Can Be Beautiful - How Companies Can Build a Positive Error Culture" and Professor Dr. Fabiola Gerpott informed at her stand about the "Psychology of Leadership: How is leadership researched?”

Professor Dr. Miriam Müthel, Chair of Organizational Behavior

Right at the beginning of her presentation, Miriam Müthel made it clear that failure is always painful. But she explained how to make something beautiful out of failure using the example of the English soccer player Gareth Southgate, who was remembered for his failure in the penalty shootout of the European Championship in 1996. Nevertheless, Southgate's story of failure has a happy ending. As a coach, he led the English national team to the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup - including a successful penalty shootout in the round of 16. "But this success and happy ending are not a miracle, they are based on systematic learning," said Müthel. It depends on the right attitude. First, you have to admit your fear of failure, then fight it systematically with error analyses and be open to making and testing changes. Miriam Müthel explains: "To find your happy ending, you have to face your fears." And that's exactly what Gareth Southgate has done as a coach. In the end, he was not only rewarded with success at the World Cup, but Prince Charles awarded him the Order of the British Empire.

Fabiola Gerpott and her doctoral students informed about the latest research results in the field of leadership and invited the visitors to exciting discussions. Another highlight for young and old at the "Leadership" stand was a prize game in which visitors were able to prove their knowledge to each other in questions of estimation on the subject of "Leadership." The visitors also had the opportunity to inform themselves independently at the stand about leadership models such as "agile leadership," "respectful leadership" or "emergent leadership" or were able to learn how to become a better leader themselves through, for example, "evidence-based management approaches."