Leadership doesn’t only rest exclusively in the hands of the leader. To get your business going, you have to get your people on board. This three-day programme by RSM Executive Education will boost your skills to inspire, engage and motivate others, and teaches you the power of presence to reach your organisation’s goals.

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Become your future self

Discover the full overview of short courses

Learning objectives

By participating in this programme you will:

  • gain key insights on how to be a successful leader in today’s challenging business climate
  • learn practical skills, time management applications and work values to develop your own leadership style
  • investigate tools to mobilise and nurture the talents of the people in your team
  • discover how to build effective networks and grow social capital
  • inspire people around you
  • learn how to lead effectively under pressure
  • explore how you can present yourself effectively
  • connect with others and build trust more quickly.

For whom

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Before you can manage a team it is essential to create more efficiency in your day to day challenges. So there is more time for tackling the bigger and more strategic issues. In this course you will learn how to become more effective and impactful as a person. It’s important to know what motivates you, and motivates others. Whether you want to become a leader or a more productive version of yourself, this is where (personal) leadership starts. You will especially benefit from, this programme if you are:

Committed to achieve leadership excellence in yourself and others

A project manager, senior specialist, future team leader

Working in a management, consulting or sales position.

If you have some experience in managing teams, are new to managing teams, interested in team dynamics, 
please take a look at our Team Leadership programme.


Read what previous participants say about this programme

In the 'Age of Experience', leadership is changing. RSM has clearly understood this and I had the pleasure of attending the three-day RSM course 'Essentials of Leadership'. It was the best investment in my own training I've made for a long time, and gave me lots of practical guidance that I can use directly in my job. I can highly recommend this programme to both new and experienced leaders!

Dick Hissink, Sales Director and sub geo leader business transformation Benelux, Dassault Systemes B.V.

Inspiring and energetic teacher passing the energy throughout the course.

Pablo Steenwinkel, R&T Manager, DSM NeoResins

The most compromised, yet most comprehended course in leadership I ever experienced.

Dennis Brink, Experte Finanzen & Controlling, T- mobile, Germany

You might be a different leader than you think you are right now.

Froukje de Jong, Account Manager, Octaaf Adviesgroep


During the Essentials of Leadership Programme you will learn from Mr. Patrick Lybaert, Ms. Milly Obdeijn and Mr. Antonie Knoppers. Occasionally we may substitute other faculty members according to the content of the programme and their availability.

Mr. Patrick Lybaert

Patrick Lybaert is a trainer and consultant in organisational growth and development, corporate transformation and culture change. He has led courses in the European banking sector, and conducts individual coaching and counselling for managers. He works with top management teams to help them to define mission, strategy and vision, and to find ways to work effectively to achieve their goals. He co-founded several organisations to support managers moving up towards success, deliver seminars and learning solutions worldwide, and create a network of global leadership experts and practitioners. More than 40,000 participants from various sectors have attended Patrick’s seminars.

Mr. Patrick Lybaert

Mr. Antonie Knoppers

Antonie Knoppers is a trainer, coach, facilitator, guest speaker and actor. He trains individuals and teams on leadership and personal development, presence, communication skills, storytelling, and presentation through his company D&A Trainingen. He is co-author of Leading with Presence (Emerald Publishing 2021) and wrote How To Have Effective Zoom Meetings—And Make Them Less Boring for Forbes magazine (March 2021). He is adjunct faculty at RSM and guest faculty at Nyenrode University and the University of Maastricht. Antonie holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and Finance from Brandeis University (Summa Cum Laude) and a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre.

Ms. Amanda Wolzak

Amanda Wolzak is a trainer at RSM and teaches the Essentials of Leadership. As a trainer in the business world, Amanda specialises in voice, presence, storytelling and improvisation. Her previous work in professional theatre and film and drama across the UK, Netherlands, Germany and Finland has enriched her training capabilities. And she calls on the teachings of Grotowski, Le Page, Brecht and Stanislavski in her work. Amanda’s goal is to inspire, invent and challenge students to be in the moment and release tension when presenting to small and large groups. She has worked in Europe, USA, and South Africa with company consultants, HR specialists, technical staff, CFOs and CEOs.

More information


28 - 30 March 2023. This session is fully booked.*
20 - 22 September 2023 > Apply now
13 - 15 December 2023 > Apply now

* Please contact our programme advisor Manjeet Kaur to be placed on the waiting list for the March 2023 session.



€ 3,400 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.

25% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM. 


General terms and conditions

Our general terms and conditions apply when you register for an open programme. Please review them to learn more about our policies for cancellation, deferral and substitution.

General terms and conditions


The programme takes place in the Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam. 

Bayle building on the Woudestein Campus

Hotel accommodation

We recommend Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel, adjacent to the university and less than five minutes’ walk from campus. Participants benefit from special rates.

Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark Hotel