Team Leadership

Team Leadership

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. 

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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.

The programme Team Leadership is also a component of RSM's Diploma Programme in General Management.

  • 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.

  • 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

    This programme is applicable for (junior) managers from all disciplines and industries. It will help you release the potential of your team, expand your professional team leadership toolbox, and it’s a great opportunity to network with your peers.

    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.

  • A team of RSM’s expert faculty teach the Team Leadership programme; they are listed below and you will usually take classes with at least two of them. Occasionally we may substitute other faculty members according to the content of the programme and their availability.

    Dr Anne Burmeister
    As assistant professor human resource management at RSM, Anne Burmeister focuses on aging and age-diverse workforces in her research on knowledge transfer processes and social interactions at work. It contributes to the more effective management of knowledge and diversity in organisations. She obtained her PhD in work and organizational psychology from Leuphana University Lueneburg (Germany) and spent two years as a postdoc researchers in work and organisational psychology at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Before her PhD, she worked as a strategy consultant for Boston Consulting Group, where she built her expertise in strategy, people and organisation topics in various industries.

    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 teaches courses to executives and students at all levels and helps organisations to apply research to practice. She completed her PhD on the relationship between workplace rewards and motivation 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 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 Julija Mell
    Julija Mell, assistant professor of organisational behaviour at RSM, is academic director of the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA. Her research focuses on collaboration across boundaries; 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 around organisational behaviour, teams, leadership, and social networks at all levels at RSM. Her PhD in organizational behavior is from Erasmus University Rotterdam and her diploma in psychology is from the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.

    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 organizational behaviour from Maastricht University in 2018. Before entering academia, Sofya worked in human resource management and in consulting.

    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. Before she joined RSM, she was active in research at Vlerick Business School and a visiting scholar at Michigan State University. She earned her PhD from Ghent University, and speaks English, French and Chinese.

  • “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. It was exactly what I needed to explore strengths and opportunities to further develop my own personal leadership style such as behaviour and non-verbal communication. Knowing when and how to intervene in leadership and sharing personal goals were important lessons to apply in my day-to-day work.”
    Dr Adrian Cohen, senior scientific policy advisor, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam

    “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

    “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.” Read Shane's complete success story here.
    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. We did various experiments to show the result of our actions. I discovered so much about my own leading abilities, for example how I perform under real pressure. I can recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn more about becoming an effective team leader.”
    Rohini Persad-Bhaggoe, marketing manager at REISinformatiegroep|9292

    “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

    "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. This was certainly no coincidence, it was the result of a carefully planned science-based programme overseen by a professional staff. Without exaggeration, I can say that some insights were life-changing because they were not limited to just doing your job; they apply to life in general. I must mention that the rest of the organisation for the courses is impeccable and the food is great. Those things might not seem trivial but they allowed me to fully focus without distraction. If you just want to quietly lean back, follow a presentation of a hundred slides or more and leave early then please don’t choose going to Rotterdam. If you value your time and you want to learn then consider doing a course at RSM."
    Jody Leewes, Teamlead Content, LexisNexis IP

  • Dates

    14 - 16 February 2022 > Apply now
    27 - 29 June 2022 > Apply now
    31 October - 2 November 2022 > Apply now


    € 3,300 (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 programme Team Leadership runs on several dates. Please select the one that suits you most to register: