Leadership programmes


Common Purpose runs leadership development programmes that inspire and equip people to work together across boundaries.

We run leadership programmes for leaders at three different career stages in over 100 cities around the word. We partner with universities and global organizations to run leadership development programmes for students. We run programmes for emerging leaders in the early stages of their career, and programmes for senior leaders who hold established leadership roles.

Find the right programme for you: 

Programmes for students

Global Leader Experiences: Home

Develop Cultural Intelligence as part of a diverse, multi-disciplinary, international group. Go off campus to tackle a global challenge in your city. To find out more about Global Leader Experiences please click here 

Global Leader Experiences: Abroad

We take students abroad, immersing them in a major city to tackle a global challenge. Students get beneath the surface of the city and develop CQ in the process.

Future Leader Experiences

Students connect with senior leaders and go behind the scenes at a city level to explore how to be a leader with CQ.

Commonwealth 100

Commonwealth100 is a free, online leadership programme from Common Purpose that equips the next generation with 21st century leadership skills.

CQ Accelerators

Our online social-learning programme enables universities to develop students with CQ—at scale.

Programmes for emerging leaders 

Common Purpose Navigator

A local programme that uses the city as a classroom, taking you behind the scenes and immersing you in real-life challenges faced by leaders from a wide range of sectors.

The streetwise mba®

A programme for inclusive leaders: to lead diverse teams, serve diverse customers and work with diverse stakeholders. 

Africa Venture

The Africa Venture will develop emerging leaders from across Africa through a leadership programme that will include focused, personal, privileged and generous interaction between this rising generation of leaders and former Heads of State and Government from the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid.

American Express Leadership Academy

A free leadership development programme for emerging leaders in the not-for-profit sector.

South Asia Venture

An annual, two-part leadership development programme that seeks to bring together exceptional leaders from across all South Asian nations.

Programmes for senior leaders

Meridian (also known as Matrix  in Germany)

A local programme that deals with real-life leadership issues and insights in your city. It is designed for leaders who want to improve their ability to lead in any situation.

ASEAN Leaders Programme

A Common Purpose leadership programme for leaders in the ASEAN and the wider region.


An annual global programme which assembles 100 exceptional senior leaders selected from governments, businesses and NGOs across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.