Common Purpose Leadership Development

Common Purpose runs leadership development programmes in cities across the world that enable people to work together to solve common problems.

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What we do

We run leadership development programmes that enable people from different backgrounds, sectors, geographies and generations to work together to solve common problems.

In the process, we give participants the inspiration, skills and connections to become better leaders, both at work and in society.

That’s what all our programmes are designed to deliver: everywhere we run them, anywhere in the world.

Why we do it

Common Purpose exists because the world is messy. We believe that societies thrive when their leaders – all leaders – work together.

How we are different

Common Purpose is a social enterprise. It isn’t a business, or the charitable arm of a business, or a school.

Our global reach continues to expand rapidly. Common Purpose offices are established across Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, with Brazil and the USA following soon. And we can also draw on the resources of our partners and our worldwide network of 50,000 alumni to deliver programmes across the world.

Our independence and track record mean that we have unrivalled convening power. Our alumni and our long-standing relationships with an exceptionally wide range of leaders provide our participants access to organisations, ideas and expertise across the sectors. This gives participants rare insight and first-hand experience.

Now find out how we create a learning experience that sets us apart from other leadership development schemes.

RONALD ARCULLI, Senior Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Hong Kong

"Common Purpose is quite unique in that it provides a cross-sector platform to engage, empower and inspire people from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to combine efforts and make cities work better."


rate very good value for time

Participants during 2014 rated the Meridian programme very good value for their time.


more ready to lead beyond the world they know and operate within


better able to lead change

Participants have told us that they are better able to lead change as a result of going on a Common Purpose programme.

Knowledge Hub

This is where we gather deeper thinking on subjects like leadership, Cultural Intelligence and cities. If you would like to contribute an article, please contact us.

Common Purpose launches its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Cultural Intelligence.

This FREE, online course will give you the modern leadership skills for working with people who are not like you.

Find out what Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is and why good leaders need it.

Just launched

Our programme for emerging leaders across Africa run in collaboration with the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid.

Organisations frequently appoint leaders for their IQ. Then, years later, sack them for their lack of EQ (Emotional Intelligence).

Is CQ (Cultural Intelligence) about to become the way to differentiate them?


The Common Purpose film

We use the city as our classroom

Hear from student participants