Running and managing a team for the first time, let alone a whole department, can be daunting, especially if you've come from a role in which you managed just yourself or one project or programme. 

Become your future self

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Learning objectives

After this programme, you will be able to:

  • understand how leading teams differs from leading individuals
  • deal with difficult team members before they affect the entire team
  • get the most out of your team members, knowledge and insights for collective decisions
  • create a strong and cohesive team identity by using effective leaderships tools
  • develop and communicate your vision for your team to inspire and motivate their efforts
  • implement processes and systems for your team’s success, independent of your efforts.


Complete four modules and your Applied Research Project

Team Leadership is a module of RSM’s Diploma Programme in General Management (DPGM), but can also be followed separately. The diploma programme is designed so you can tailor it to your personal and professional development needs.

For whom

Find out if this programme is for you

You will benefit from this programme if you have some experience in managing teams, interested in team dynamics, or are a project manager who indirectly manages teams for example as a:

  • functional specialist or a general manager
  • team leader, team supervisor or team manager
  • head of department
  • first- time manager
  • project co-ordinator/ or project manager
  • line manager
  • assistant manager or
  • assistant director

The first step in leadership development, is to learn how to become more effective as a person. If you are not managing a team yet, please look at our Essentials of Leadership programme.

This programme is applicable for (junior) managers from all disciplines and industries.

It will help you release the potential of your team.


It will help you expand your professional team leadership toolbox.


It’s a great opportunity to network with your peers.


Your expert faculty

During the Team Leadership Programme you will learn from Dr Julija Mell, Dr Inga Hoever, Dr Sofya Isaakyan, Dr Rebecca Hewett and Dr Tina Davidson. Occasionally we may substitute other faculty members according to the content of the programme and their availability.

Dr Julija Mell

Julija Mell, assistant professor of organisational behaviour at RSM, is academic director of the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA. Her research focuses on cross-boundary collaboration: bridging cognitive, geographical and cultural boundaries within diverse teams; and bridging structural boundaries within complex social systems and networks. Her award-winning work has been published in leading academic journals. Julija teaches topics that focus on organisational behaviour, teams, leadership and social networks at all levels at RSM. Her PhD in organisational behaviour is from Erasmus University Rotterdam and her diploma in psychology is from the Humboldt University Berlin (Germany).

Dr Inga Hoever

Inga Hoever is an assistant professor in RSM’s department of organisation and personnel management. She specialises in studying workplace creativity, team excellence, and their intersection. Put simply, she is interested in explaining how teams can bring out the best in each other – and why they so often do not. Her research addresses questions of individual and team creativity, diversity, perspective taking, and communication in teams. She teaches on a variety of issues regarding organisational behaviour, human resource management, and team management to students and executives.

Dr Sofya Isaakyan

Sofya Isaakyan is an assistant professor of organisational behaviour at RSM. Her research focuses on understanding employees' upward expression of ideas and concerns about work-related issues such as voice behaviour, and the corresponding reactions by managers and team members. In her work, she also explores factors affecting leadership development and leader identity. Sofya is actively involved in MBA teaching, and also delivers customised executive development programmes. She received her PhD in organisational behaviour from Maastricht University in 2018. Before entering academia, Sofya worked in human resource management and in consulting.

Dr Rebecca Hewett

Rebecca Hewett is an associate professor of human resource management at RSM. Her research focuses on individuals’ experiences of people management at work, examining how people management can best be implemented to enhance performance and well-being. She is academic director of RSM’s MSc in Human Resource Management (People, Organisations and Change) and teaches courses to executives at all levels and helps organisations to apply research to practice. She completed her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. Before that she worked as an HR professional for 10 years, most recently as head of HR operations for the UK’s communications regulator, where she gained wide experience as a team leader.

Dr Tina Davidson

Tina Davidson is an assistant professor in the department of organisation and personnel management at RSM. She is interested in how organisations, leaders and employees can build a level playing field to better benefit from the full spectrum of diversity at work. In particular, her work focuses on the dynamics of upward constructive voice, leadership and followership, and leadership development in culturally diverse contexts. Prior to joining RSM, she was active in research at Vlerick Business School and a visiting scholar at Michigan State University. Tina earned her PhD from Ghent University, and speaks English, French and Chinese.


Read what previous participants say about this programme

I chose RSM because of its international status as a top business and management school. The programme was a compact, logical and balanced mix of theory, interactive group exercises and time for reflection. The course pushes you out of your comfort zone.

Dr Adrian Cohen, senior scientific policy advisor, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam

Adrian Cohen

I highly recommend RSM’s Team Leadership programme to future team leaders. The theory was clearly connected to practice, some of the exercises put you out of your comfort zone, and all the advice can easily be implemented in day-to-day managerial activities. The trainers were young and dynamic, always open to answer any questions. They all had a very inclusive, inspiring and insightful approach. As an Erasmus alumna, RSM was an obvious choice and the quality of the programme was high, as can be expected.

Edina Struhar, recruitment manager, Adams Multilingual Recruitment

Edina Struhar

The three days at RSM have given me new meaning and ideas in my role as a manager. I encourage my team to think differently every day, and I now feel equipped to take this to the next level. It was just what I needed to be the best I can be as a Manager and Consultant. I learned as much about myself as a person as I did about leadership theory and concepts. So it was useful for several aspects of my role.

Shane McMahon, Lead Consultant - Organisational Resilience at Horizonscan Ltd

As a first-time manager I wanted to learn how to create a strong and efficient team, and empower team members to grow, develop themselves and work confidently. RSM really exceeded my expectations. The professors did a really good job balancing theory with practice, and I learned a lot from the other participants’ diverse experiences and backgrounds.

Rohini Persad-Bhaggoe, marketing manager at REISinformatiegroep|9292

Rohini Persad-Bhaggoe

This programme gave me a good insight in myself, the way I am perceived by others, and how I would like to act as a team leader. I know I’m an action-oriented person, and I think I jump to conclusions too soon. The level of education at RSM is high, and there’s a lot of high-quality interaction among participants. This combination and the programme content will help me in my role to ask open questions, listen more carefully, and include the valuable input of my team members more to increase the quality of my decisions.

Koen Daamen, team co-ordinator life sciences and health at Invest in Holland

Koen Daamen

To be honest, I did not recognise the three-letter acronym ‘RSM’ when a colleague at LexisNexis IP suggested I do a leadership course there. I quickly learned first-hand why it has such a solid reputation. The one thing I valued most in the course is that I was pulled outside my comfort zone. Right from the start I was hearing new information, doing unfamiliar things and practising difficult situations; those were the exact moments when the actual learning happened.

Jody Leewes, Teamlead Content, LexisNexis IP

Jody Leewes

More information

Schedule your own development track

To receive your diploma programme, you need to complete four courses. You must complete The Applied Research Project module in order to gain your diploma.

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6 - 8 March 2023 > Apply now
26 - 28 June 2023 > Apply now
30 October - 1 November 2023 > Apply now



€ 3,500 (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