Essentials of Leadership

Essentials of Leadership

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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Learning objectives

By participating in the Essentials of Leadership 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.
  • 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,   to– 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.

  • "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 Drs 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.

    Ms. Milly Obdeijn
    Milly Obdeijn is a trainer and executive presence coach with a professional background in performance and dance, and two bachelor degrees; in social pedagogical studies and creative dance. She specialises in body-oriented coaching, and designs and facilitates programmes for personal and leadership development that focus on presence, communication and embodied leadership. Her teaching provides insightful and practical tools to enhance personal presence and show connected self-leadership – also in stressful and challenging situations. Obdeijn has more than 21 years of experience as a trainer and coach for large international and national companies, Dutch ministries, universities, and consultancies.

    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. 

  • Dates

    6 - 8 April 2022 > Apply now
    19 - 21 September 2022 > Apply now
    12 - 14 December 2022 > Apply now


    € 3,200 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.
    10% discount for alumni from Erasmus University Rotterdam and RSM. More information about the discount.


    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.


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

    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.

  • The three-day Essentials of Leadership programme runs on several dates. Please select the one that suits you most to register: