About Us

Common Purpose

Common Purpose runs leadership development programmes that inspire and equip people to work across boundaries. This enables them to solve complex problems in organizations and in society.

Participants gaining insight into design, technology and innovation at a Jaguar Land Rover factory

What we do

The world is becoming more complex and fragmented. Common Purpose believes that the best leaders are able to lead across boundaries, and especially lead people with diverse perspectives— from different backgrounds, beliefs, generations, geographies, specializations and sectors. Our programmes help leaders develop their Cultural Intelligence.

We run leadership development programmes that inspire and equip people to work across boundaries. Through exposing people to new experiences, new leaders and new perspectives, they improve their own leadership. We offer programmes to university students preparing for their careers, right through to global C-suite executives at the peak of their careers. And cities are our classrooms, because cities are where leaders, and boundaries, converge.

Common Purpose combines an extensive global network with an intense local focus. Our unrivalled convening power and independence allow us to bring together leaders from different backgrounds who would not normally meet. Our unique experiential facilitation techniques foster and accelerate leadership learning. We use our own thought leadership, including Leading Beyond Authority (LBA) and Cultural Intelligence (CQ), to inspire leaders to work together. On all our programmes, participants go out into cities to learn about real leadership, from real leaders.

The 50,000 Common Purpose Alumni worldwide are better equipped as leaders, and this has a positive impact on the organizations and cities that they operate in. They are able to build broader networks, make better decisions and drive bold innovation. Founded in 1989, 4,000 leaders now benefit from our programmes every year.

Be a leader who can cross boundaries

Bhaskar Bhat, Managing Director - Titan Industries, Tata Group

"Common Purpose is, above all, about collaboration - between government, NGOs and corporate sectors. This unique combination has the maximum potential to drive radical change and Common Purpose provides a platform for sharing and learning across these sectors."