Develop the confidence and skills to meet the challenges of leadership


A leadership programme that brings together emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds

Navigator is a leadership programme for the rising generation of high-potential emerging leaders identified as 'people to watch' in their organizations or as leaders in their organizations, or as leaders in their communities.

Over an intensive five days, this programme takes participants outside their typical four walls, giving them a behind-the-scenes view of how organizations, cities and society work and the opportunity to address some of the key issues facing them.

Navigator gives participants the chance to put the pieces of society's jigsaw together in a stimulating and dynamic way with the city as the setting. However, the lessons learned against that backdrop are not exclusive to any one place.

Who is Common Purpose Navigator for?

The programme is aimed at people who are recognised as having real potential in their chosen field (no matter which sector or area of activity). The programme is aimed at emerging leaders from all sectors: public, private and not-for-profit.

Participants come from extremely diverse backgrounds. A typical programme may include participants from government departments, educational institutions, financial sector, IT companies, SMEs, community groups and voluntary agencies.

All of Common Purpose's leadership programmes are deliberately cross-sector, meaning each participant introduces their own unique perspective and contributes to the breadth of the overall experience. Participants frequently comment that they learn as much from each other as they do from the programme itself.

Aims and Opportunities

The course aims to give participants:

  • an understanding of how a range of organizations, across the sectors, deal with common issues.
  • the chance to meet and engage senior decision-makers and leaders from a variety of backgrounds.
  • an opportunity to spend an intensive residential period learning with peers from very different backgrounds and professions.
  • an experience to gain rare insight into the value of diversity in all its forms.
  • The courage to step outside the perimeters of day-to-day experience.

Nick Price, Commercial Director, Square i Media

"Common Purpose is great for business. Through a variety of structured exercises Common Purpose allowed me to examine my own passion and courage, personal objectives and business goals. I have refined my presentation skills, grown new business and developed strategic partnerships that are having a very tangible benefit to my organization's bottom line."

Programme Format and Location


During the intensive five-day Common Purpose Navigator programme, participants cover a number of key issues through programme agendas designed to reflect such themes as:

  • Inspirational leadership
  • Effecting change
  • Managing risk
  • Vision in the workplace

Our 2017 Navigator programmes will be held in Dublin and Cork. Similar courses are also run in other cities around the world.

For more information and to obtain application forms for the programme, contact the Common Purpose team.

Programmes for emerging leaders

dates for upcoming courses

Programme Start date Audience
Navigator 16, 17, 18, 24, 25 May 2018 Emerging leaders Contact us

Applying to the programme

How to apply

To receive an application form please contact the Dublin team on (01) 872 9322 or email or complete an online version using the 'Apply' button on this page.

For more information about the overall application process or for general questions, please get in touch using the online enquiries form.

What is the cost to attend Navigator?

The programme fee is €4,500.

Bursaries and financial assistance

If you cannot pay the full fee, please do not be deterred from applying. There are a number of bursary places provided on every Common Purpose programme for participants who are genuinely unable - as opposed to unwilling - to meet the full fee. If you would like to be considered for a bursary, please fill in the section of the application form for bursary candidates. For guidance or information, please contact us.

Everyone who has completed a Common Purpose programme will be offered a 20% reduction on the fee of any future courses they attend. Please notify us in your programme application if you wish to apply for this reduction.