How do you lead your teams to deal with increasing competition and a fast-changing economic climate? Discontinuous changes and high uncertainty call for an enhanced sense of meaningfulness for the whole organisation. They mean leaders must make sure employees understand changes are part of a larger picture that stretches beyond the organisation.

Become your future self

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Learning objectives

During the programme, you will:

  • learn practical skills to improve your personal power and become more aware of and effective in your leadership styles
  • become more aware of how you engage others and develop more skilful approaches
  • be able to consider all perspectives and connect different points of view
  • explore and discover how you can further evolve your leadership repertoire to be even more effective in challenging situations.


The Challenge of Leadership is a module of RSM’s Advanced Management and Leadership Programme (AMLP), but can also be followed separately. The intensive modular management programme will sharpen your critical thinking skills and enable you to enhance your impact as a leader.

For whom

Check if you meet the admission requirements

You will benefit from the programme if you are a manager or professional with a minimum of seven years of experience in a leadership role and are looking for pragmatic and powerful ways to broaden and deepen your impact and contribution. You’re leading a department or division within your company, you’re managing other managers.

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


You should comply with the following requirements if you wish to take part in The Challenge of Leadership programme:

You have a minimum of 5 years of managerial experience


You have budget responsibility and have financial impact in your organisation


You have responsibility in the strategic decision-making process in your organisation.


Your application will be final once we have informed you on the basis of the intake call that your application has been accepted.



Read what previous participants say about this programme

RSM’s The Challenge of Leadership taught me how to reflect on my behaviour in stress situations. The programme is an inspirational and challenging way to learn current management theories, and to understand yourself better. There’s a variety of theory and practice. With the professional guidance of a coach and a professor, I learned inspiring ways of looking at my own management style. For me this was really an eye-opener.

Maarten van den Outenaar, director digital solutions, Asset.Insight – a VolkerWessels Company

Your expert faculty

During The Challenge of Leadership Programme you will learn from Prof. Dirk van Dierendonck and Eline Peeters. Occasionally we may substitute other faculty members according to the content of the programme and their availability.

Prof. Dirk van Dierendonck

Dirk van Dierendonck is a professor of HRM, organisational psychologist, and dean of faculty at RSM. He also co-founded the Erasmus Centre for Leadership. Dirk’s expertise includes servant leadership and leadership development, wellbeing, happiness and burnout. He encourages people to become the best they can be, using an evidence-based approach grounded in psychology and management. His research has been published in leading journals on management, organisational behaviour and human resource management. Dirk translates academic knowledge into practical tools for HR professionals, such as EU-funded projects about cultural diversity, age management and artful leadership.

Eline Peeters

Eline Peeters is a senior trainer and executive coach with a broad expertise in the fields of leadership, personal effectiveness and communication. She believes that development starts with consciousness and is nurtured by experience. That’s why she finds focus on both awareness and experimentation essential. Eline facilitates and challenges people to expand their comfort zone in matters of leadership by using appreciative inquiry and curiosity. She searches for what drives behaviour by exploring convictions and values.

More information

The Challenge of Leadership day schedule

Approximate session timings

Day 1: 9:00 – 21:00 (with dinner)
Day 2: 8:30 – 19:00
Day 3: 8:30 – 17:30
Day 4: 9:00 – 15:30

Students in classroom


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€ 6,300 (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