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.

Become an effective leader

You will learn new perspectives and techniques to reach your highest personal and professional potentials as a leader, including how to build trust, manage conflict, use positive emotions for successful decision-making, and implement effective time management. Your new non-verbal communication skills, such as presence and body language, will motivate and inspire people to achieve their best. You will also create an awareness and expansion of your repertoire as a leader. Connect, inspire and motivate your team by having your message congruent with your body language and voice.

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.

To ensure that your new knowledge and skills stay optimal for the long term, we created a mobile training reinforcement system for all Essentials of Leadership participants. The programme will have a more sustainable impact through this cloud-based feature. The highly secure application sends programme updates and reinforcement content almost weekly to your laptop, smartphone and tablet for 24 months after your participation in the Essentials of Leadership programme. Research from training reinforcement leader Mindmarker shows that your learnings by reinforcement can increase your productivity with up to 79 per cent.

  • As a manager, you can boost your skills through the Essentials of Leadership programme whether you are newly appointed or experienced at senior-level management. You will especially benefit from, this programme if you are:

    • committed to achieve leadership excellence in yourself and others
    • a project manager, team leader, or senior specialist
    • working in a management, consulting or sales position. 
  • "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 Lybaer, 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 who has worked with a variety of corporate clients. He is a guest faculty member at the University of Maastricht and the University of Amsterdam as well as RSM. The goal of his training sessions is to bring out leadership qualities by creating presence and a centred mind and body. He approaches corporate challenges with a pragmatic, goal-oriented style using theatrical techniques and frameworks. He also trains for hospitality and communication skills, team building and coaching, storytelling and presentation skills. He has master degrees in international economics and finance, and in fine arts.

  • Dates

    2 - 4 March 2020 > Apply now
    10 - 12 June 2020 > Apply now
    28 - 30 September 2020 > Apply now
    9 - 11 December 2020 > Apply now


    € 2,900 (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: