Common Purpose Navigator is a city-based modular leadership development programme for emerging leaders.

Overview

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.

Russell Lyseight, Programme Planning and Governance Manager, Barclays

"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."

Who is it for?

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:

  • What kind of leader am I?
  • Do I have the ability to lead upwards and across departments in my organisation?
  • Can I manage multiple stakeholders?
  • Can I adapt to changing circumstances and surroundings?

Why Common Purpose Navigator?

You will develop the tools and support network not just to cope but also to thrive during these changing times.

The programme helps you:

  • adapt and lead in different situations and contexts
  • become more open to working with different people, in new ways, to solve complex problems
  • develop a brand new network with lasting relationships
  • take responsibility for issues outside your direct control.

The programme

Core days

There are three core days, which take place at the start, mid-point and end of your programme.

Learning forums

The rest of the programme is module-based. You can select these to fit around your work and other commitments.

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.

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 complete the Navigator programme over a period of months. For more information, please visit your local Common Purpose website.

Application process

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

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:

  • Encourage people from all backgrounds and sectors to apply to attend our leadership courses, so that all the participant groups are diverse and reflect the makeup of the local area. In so doing local Advisory Groups often assist in the review of applications.
  • Ensure Common Purpose maintains its independence and balanced programme content and contributors.
  • Ensure the content of the programme is up-to-date with what is going on locally and nationally.
  • Ensure that the Common Purpose brand is used appropriately.

Applying for a Common Purpose programme

When you apply for a Common Purpose programme, you need to consider:

  • Whether the programme that you are applying for is right for you, because our programmes are for people at specific stages of their careers
  • Your commitment to participate in the whole programme. This is because if some people are unable to attend, this diminishes the experience for other members of the participant group.

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.