The programme The Power of Presence is led by Prof. Steffen Giessner, Milly Obdeijn and Anthonie Knoppers.
Prof. Steffen Giessner
Steffen Giessner is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Change in the Department of Organisation & Personnel Management at RSM. He has an MSc in Psychology from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK, and a PhD in Psychology from the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in Germany. Giessner’s research is located at the intersection of organisational psychology and management. His primary research topics are employee support during organisational mergers, followers’ perceptions of leadership, antecedents of leader behaviour, and non-verbal communication of power. He has (co-) authored many papers in these areas.
Milly Obdeijn is a trainer and executive presence coach with a professional performance background in dance. She has two BA degrees, one in social pedagogical studies, the other in creative dance. Working with like-minded creative artists from the performing arts she designed methods to help people in business and organisations to communicate and express themselves at a higher level by focusing on the congruency between the content of the message and the embodiment of it. Obdeijn has more than 17 years’ experience as a coach for large international and national companies, Dutch ministries, universities, and consultancies.
Antonie Knoppers is an actor, facilitator, and executive presence coach. He has a passion for acting as well as for guiding leaders to reach their full potential. He has worked with a variety of corporate clients. His goal in executive education is to bring out the leader in everyone, by creating presence and a centred mind and body. Presence can be taught and with practice, embodied. Knoppers’ experience and business school education enable him to approach corporate challenges with a pragmatic, goal-oriented style. He coaches and teaches participants how to present themselves, and perform effectively under pressure in the business environment.