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 we run programmes for senior leaders who hold established leadership roles.

Some of our programmes are globally focused where you will develop Cultural Intelligence: the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures. Other programmes are locally focused where you will become a leader who can cross boundaries in your own city.

Find the right programme for you

Programmes for students


33Sixty is a leadership programme that equips aspiring Commonwealth leaders (aged 18-30) with the skills and the networks to make a difference, now. 

Global Leader Experiences

One hundred students from a minimum of 25 countries work together over four days to tackle real global challenges and develop their Cultural Intelligence.

Study Abroad

We take students abroad for an intense leadership experience. Students get beneath a new city and develop Cultural intelligence in the process. These programmes are only open to students invited by their university.


Students connect with real world leaders and go behind the scenes at local organizations. By learning how to lead change in their city, they more prepared for life after graduation. These programmes are only open to students invited by their university.

Scotland Student Project 

The Common Purpose Scotland Student Project is an annual series of leadership development programmes for students studying across Scotland, bringing together a consortium of stakeholders who all have a passion for internationalising young leaders in Scotland.

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. For more information on the streetwise mba programme click here.

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.


Launched by former British Prime Minister David Cameron, Dishaa is a programme for emerging leaders that expands, enriches and energises relations between India and the UK.

American Express Leadership Academy

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

South Asia Leaders Programme

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

Programmes for senior leaders


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

ASEAN Leaders Programme

The ASEAN Leaders Programme brings together senior leaders from the ASEAN region —from all sectors and walks of life—onto a common platform where they work together

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.