Emerging leaders

Leadership programmes for emerging leaders in the early stages of their career

Participants on a visit to the Tata Chemicals Innovation Centre in Pune, India

At the start of your career, talent and determination might well be a path to success. But so often we see promising leaders who get so far and then stall. The problems they are required to solve become increasingly complicated; they involve more and more people—inside and outside of the organization.

At Common Purpose, we believe emerging leaders are better able to solve these problems if they also know how to work with people who are different to them—be that different sectors, different generations or different cultures, both in their organization and in society. 

That’s why we deliver experiential leadership programmes that help early-career stage individuals to become leaders who can cross boundaries. Some of our programmes are locally focused: taking you to places in your city where you can gain insights from real-world leaders. Other programmes are globally focused: where you will work within an international group to develop Cultural Intelligence (CQ)—the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures.

The result is that as you face complex challenges, you will have developed the skills, confidence and a network that will help you to cross boundaries and progress in your career.

Timothy J. McClimon, President, American Express Foundation

“Nonprofit and social sector organizations are tackling some of our most challenging issues, and we believe fostering a pipeline of talent will help ensure nonprofits thrive in the future. Our Leadership Academy programmes created in partnership with Common Purpose have proven to be an effective tool for building the leadership and business skills that are critical to the sector’s success.”


Our impact

Mariam Al Afridi, Director, Exporters' Services Dubai Exports

"The course curriculum and delivery were amazing. Comparing it to many leadership programs I have been to in Harvard and Wharton, this was the best! I have concrete take outs and a clear action plan of what is next."

Russell Lyseight, Programme Planning and Governance Manager, Barclays

"As a result 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."

Our 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.

American Express Leadership Academy

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


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.

South Asia Leaders Programme

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

People we have worked with