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The Course

Aims to make you a proactive and effective leader of your personal life, your current or future teams, and be able to deal with challenging situations. We will guide you and assist you to build self-awareness, communication, and team management skillset.

Trainings will be hosted ON CAMPUS on Tuesdays at 15h30 and Wednesdays at 16h00, starting on the week of September 20th.

Browse the Lesson Plan

Week 1: Self-discovery & Management

You will meet your instructor and establish a comfortable group. You will reflect on own strengths, weaknesses, values and personality traits.

Week 2: Team Creation

Team values, roles and personality traits. Leadership requires us to have followers. What is a good follower? How to establish a good connection with them?

Week 3: Team Management

You will learn different leadership styles, how to motivate individuals in your team and how to set goals with them. We will discuss coaching and accountability.

Week 4: Effective communication, emotions and charisma

Effective communication increases cohesion and makes decision making easier. You will learn how charisma guides the communication process.

Week 5: Assertiveness, Confidence & Negotiation

You will learn about the effects of confidence, how to create firm boundaries and how to negotiate effectively. 

Week 6: Crisis Management & Your Future Leadership Journey

Challenging and unpredictable situations need proactive and solution-oriented leaders. Your last challenge: self-reflection and a setting up a concrete action plan.

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Who is this course for?

This course is most optimal for students that aspire or are currently in a leadership position. Whether it is leading a small project team within a student association, start-up, initiative, or aspiring future leader, this course will empower you to be an organized, inspiring and effective leader.

The content was engaging and an absolute addition to my learning experience. The amount of study material was sometimes challenging next to my regular studies. The more time you are able to invest in the preparation of the learning material, the more you will get out of it!



The course content, very interesting and comprehensive, coupled with its structure, oriented towards group interaction, resulted in a great learning experience. I would totally recommend it because it gave me the opportunity to learn useful theories and concepts in a fun and practical way.




We believe that to become a better leader, you need to learn how to lead yourself first.

What makes a good leader? How to be one? What does it mean to be a leader?

There are no simple answers to these questions. But one thing is sure: in times of crisis, right leaders are needed more than ever. Our ultimate goal is to make you a proactive and effective leader of your personal life and for your teams!


Sessions will be led by a team of experienced trainers. On each session, you can expect at least two of them facilitating the exercises, discussions, and sharing their experiences.

Niek van Disseldorp       

Niek has a passion for self-development and public speaking. In 2019, he set up the EL Association to bring a new message to university students. This message is radically honest, entails stepping outside the comfort zone and creates a sense of belonging. After an amazing board year with the team, he biked from Rotterdam to Zurich to pursue his exchange. In Switzerland he set up the first international branch of Extraordinary Life. Niek is characterised by going against the grain, caring for improvement and discipline. Niek is back this year to lead our online Leadership Academy.

What you need to know


Participation in the course is free, however full participation will be required once you signed up and you are selected. (First session is mandatory).


You will see your trainer once a week, for 6 weeks. Besides the coaching session there is preparatory material that you will need to cover before hand.


We know that life happens. As long as you do not miss more than one training session and you deliver the final assignment, you will get one.


Small parts of some sessions might be recorded, or screenshots of the zoom calls might be taken for communication, education and/or marketing purposes.


Trainings are subject to change in format (online/offline) to adhere with the measures taken by the Dutch government and Erasmus University Rotterdam.


*Applications work on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, time slots will only open if a minimum of 8 students enroll.


You can know more on how we manage your data on our policy page.

Ready to get started?

This time around, applications will be first come first serve*. Don't sleep on it and sign up as soon as possible! Once the spots are gone, they're gone.

Deadline for applications: September 17th at midnight.

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