The Challenge of Leadership

The Challenge of Leadership

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.

Take your teams and company to the next performance level

During this five-day intensive RSM Executive Education programme you will explore how to bring out the best in yourself and others to deliver exceptional performance for your company. By unlocking the organisation’s collective intelligence and working with emerging ideas, you will move your company forward, motivate your team, and successfully reach business goals.

Led by Prof. Dirk van Dierendonck and executive coach Eline Peeters, the programme will accelerate your learning, development, action and impact through the practical application of methods and tools in your own business challenges. Your learning journey will also be supported by a structured intake process, a 360° evaluation, one-on-one coaching session and two thought-provoking dinner sessions.

The Challenge of Leadership programme will expand your leadership repertoire; you will gain new perspectives, increase your ability as a leader and develop your own way to inspire your people. You will be ready to take your teams and company to the next performance level.

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 programme The Challenge of Leadership is also a component of the Advanced Management and Leadership Programme.

Completing the Challenge of Leadership programme will award you 21 PE points. Read more about PE points for this programme.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Here’s what previous participants say about RSM's four-day The Challenge of Leadership 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

  • 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.

  • When you participate in one of our face-to-face programmes, we’ve taken the measures to assure your health and safety. Should regulations change, you will have the opportunity to participate in the programme online, or defer your registration free of charge.


    Participants will learn as much from each other as from the faculty. To ensure a diverse and high-quality group, all applicants to the programme will be required to undergo a short intake discussion with an RSM staff member. This way we can guarantee that the programme is suitable for you.

    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. 


    29 - 30 September. 1 - 2 October, 11 December 2020 > Apply now
    17 - 20 November 2020, 11 December 2020 > Apply now

    26 - 29 January 2021 > Apply now
    22 - 25 June 2021 > Apply now
    13 - 16 September 2021 > Apply now
    23 - 26 November 2021 > Apply now



    € 5,750 (excl. 21% VAT) including course materials, lunches, and snacks. This fee does not include hotel accommodation.

    € 5,850 (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.

  • Approximate session timings

    Day 1: 9:00 – 21:00
    Day 2: 9:00 – 21:00
    Day 3: 9:00 – 21:00
    Day 4: 9:00 – 16:00

  • When you participate in one of our face-to-face programmes, we’ve taken the measures to assure your health and safety. Should regulations change, you will have the opportunity to participate in the programme online, or defer your registration free of charge.

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