Leadership in Organizations: People as Key to Excellence

With the increased attention for motivation, innovation, social responsible organising, and talent management, people have become the key factor for modern organizations. Discover the what, when and how of good leadership

Name of the minor Leadership in Organizations: People as key to excellence
Code MINRSM004
Language English
Coordinationg institution: Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM); Department of Organization and Personnel Managemen
Other programs that contribute to the minor: not applicable
Access: See admission matrix


This course focuses on how to create organizations that allows people to become the best they can be and perform to the best of their ability. The principle is that organizations in which people and groups are at their best, also achieve excellent results. The role of leadership is crucial. The course focuses on the latest developments in human resource management and leadership field in which academically driven expertise from the business administration and organizational psychology combined with a focus on skills as used by experienced managers and consultants. Topics to be covered include: leadership and motivation, diversity management, personnel management in theory and practice, work in and with groups, talent management.

Entry Requirements

This minor is specifically targeted at non-RSM students. RSM students cannot follow this minor. No previous knowledge on business administration is necessary

Learning Objectives:

The central purpose of this course is to give students insights into the central questions with regard to leadership within organizations.


The minor consists of three modules of 5 ECTS each. The first module consists mainly of lectures on organizational psychology literature illustrated with case studies from practice. The second module focuses on the main theories of leadership in organizations The third module has a strong practical character focused on interpersonal and management skills.  

Module 1 =  Motivate and collaborate with people in organizations  (5 ECTS)

Organizations take many forms, but what they have in common is that they consist of people. The first goal of this course is therefore to enhance the understanding of behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. The second goal is to provide an overview of the implications of these issues for Human Resource Management.

Teaching Module 1:
This module consists of lectures, assignments, class discussions, presentations and tutorial.

Literature Module 1:

Robbins, S.P., Judge, T.A., & Campbell, T.C. (2010). Organizational Behaviour. New Jersey: Pearson; ISBN: 978-0273719397

Contact hours Module 1:
The module consists of plenary lectures (2 times 3 hours per week)

Module 2 = Leadership for performance and motivation  (5 ECTS)

Leadership has a key role when it comes to getting the best out of people for optimum performance. At the same time they can also be the source of demotivation and conflict. An understanding of how leadership can help people to get the best out of themselves and where it can go wrong is essential for optimal functioning organization. This module handles theory, research and practice of leadership effectiveness in order to get a better understanding of the leadership process.

Teaching methods Module2:
The module consists of lectures, assignments, class discussions, tutorial and presentations.

Literature Module 2:

Robbins, S.P., Judge, T.A., & Campbell, T.C. (2010). Organizational Behaviour. New Jersey: Pearson; ISBN: 978-0273719397

Northouse, P.G. (2015). Leadership: Theory and Practice. 7th Edition. Sage Publications; ISBN: 978-1506311166

Contact hours Module 2:
The module consists of plenary lectures (2 times 3 hours per week)

Module 3 = Interpersonal skills in management  (5 ECTS)

To motivate and manage people in organizations practical skills are essential. In this module, important skills are practiced to include coaching individuals, leading teams, holding performance conversations and bad-news conversations, dealing with conflict, and negotiations.

Teaching methods Module 3:
The module consists of tutorials, assignments, class discussions, and tutorials.

Literature Module 3:
To be announced.

Contact hours Module 3:
The module consists of plenary lectures (2 times 3 hours per week)


Blackboard will be used to communicate with students.

Maximum number of participants: not applicable
Minimum number of participants: 10  


Each module will be examined separately.

  • Module 1: assignments, written exam with multiple choice and open questions.   

          1. College assignments (cases and presentations in team) 10%
          2. Paper (individual) 45%
          3. Exam 45%

  • Module 2: assignments, presentation, written exam with multiple choice and open questions.

          1. College assignments (cases and presentations in team) 15%
          2. Report (individual) 40%
          3. Exam 45%

  • Module 3: assignments, participation in the assignments, written report of the student

Performance evaluation in the course will be based on both group performance.

1. College jobs. Several themes will be addressed through a role play. At the end of the role-play is given an analysis. Review goes on group participation.

2. Paper. At the end of the block an individual paper must be submitted. This is a known leader should be chosen from the business. The choice should be based on something that has made it a leader and that we find inspiring. Should therefore describe the qualities of this person and why one would want to emulate.

Finally, it should be described in the paper how there is to be such leadership. In other words, what are you, what you can not and how you want to achieve that.
The choice for the chief one is free, but it should be a relatively well-known figure and entrepreneur which sufficient information is available.

The final grade is the average figure of the three modules. For an individual module has to be removed at least a 5.0. For students who have a module improperly sealed a resit opportunity will be offered.


Afterwards can ask individual students access to their exam. 

Contact information

Contact person:

T. Dennerlein
Tel.: (010) 408 2811
Room: T08-01

Faculty website:

Minorwebsite RSM

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