Common Purpose Navigator is a city-based modular leadership development programme for emerging leaders.
On Common Purpose Navigator, you can tailor your programme to your needs and complete modules in many different cities around the world.
Common Purpose Navigator makes the city your classroom; taking you behind the scenes and immersing you in real-life challenges faced by leaders from a wide range of sectors. This experiential programme helps you explore change and innovation, allowing you to develop better problem-solving skills and the ability to work in diverse groups.
You will receive insights from key leaders in the city or region, who will share with you their successes and failures on the key themes of power, courage and resonance. Common Purpose Navigator provides you with a safe space to share your own leadership challenges with fellow participants.
"As a result of having graduated from Common Purpose Navigator, I more effectively listen to and communicate with people from diverse backgrounds, improving the way I work inside and outside my organisation. This has increased my personal effectiveness and made me a better leader."
Common Purpose Navigator is aimed at people in the early stages of their career, who already have some management responsibility. Participants are drawn from diverse backgrounds and sectors.
Participants are often grappling with some of the following questions:
You will develop the tools and support network not just to cope but also to thrive during these changing times.
The programme helps you:
There are three core days, which take place at the start, mid-point and end of your programme.
The rest of the programme is module-based. You can select these to fit around your work and other commitments.
There are three core days which take place at the start, mid-point and end of the programme.
Core day one
Power - you will explore how leaders in different organisations and sectors use power and influence to make change happen, as well as exploring the concept of ‘Leading Beyond Authority’.
Core day two
Courage - or if you prefer - resilience and strength of character - is a mainstay of good leadership. On this day you will learn how to develop your leadership instincts - when to proceed and when to hold back to get the best results.
Core day three
Resonance - you will come together as a group to review your experience, specifically exploring the idea of resonance - how you can make things happen through influencing, being courageous and gaining support from and resonating with others.
You also choose from a menu of leadership modules to tailor your programme:
Raids - immerse yourself in a real-life challenge within a public, private or voluntary sector organisation.
Learning Forums - hear from leaders as they share with you their failures and successes on the themes of Passion and Resonance, The Power of Networks and Personal Brand. Then, in a safe environment, share your own leadership challenges and coach fellow participants by exploring and considering solutions to individual issues.
Quests - explore social, economic, political and business leadership challenges in a different town, city or country. Quests are an optional part of the programme.
You have several months to complete the programme. It can either all be done in your local city, another UK city or a mix of both. The programme has three compulsory core days with additional modules to make up the 44 hours needed to graduate.
Impact: on Individuals
Common Purpose Navigator is run in cities across the world. For information on costs and how to apply, please contact your local Common Purpose office, or use our interactive programme finder to be directed to the appropriate programme application page.
Advisory Groups are a cross-sector group of individuals who help our staff teams by keeping them up to date with developments in their sector and locality.
Local Advisory Groups have no legal, financial, or managerial responsibility for Common Purpose. Nor are they representative bodies. All Advisory Group members attend as individuals in a voluntary and unpaid capacity, which they are invited to take on in their personal, rather than professional, roles. If any issue arises at Advisory Group meetings which conflicts with their professional role, members exclude themselves from that section of the discussion.
Advisory Groups do the following:
Applying for a Common Purpose programme
When you apply for a Common Purpose programme, you need to consider:
Once you've submitted your application form, we will review it along with our Advisory Group who will also take these points into account.
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. Meridian is run in cities across the world;for information on costs and how to apply, please visit your local Common Purpose website.