Common Purpose Navigator is a modular leadership development programme for emerging leaders in the UK.


On Navigator, you can tailor your programme to your needs and complete modules in many different cities around the world.

Navigator makes the city your classroom by 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. Navigator provides you with a safe space to share your own leadership challenges with fellow participants. You will be taken out of your familiar environment to examine why, when and how you lead.

Who is Common Purpose Navigator for?

People from across the UK in the early stages of their career, who already have some management responsibility. Participants are drawn from diverse backgrounds and sectors.

Common Purpose Navigator is ideal if you are grappling with questions like:

  • 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?

Because professional development paths so often require people to narrow down and specialise early on in their careers, young talent can be ill-prepared for leadership. Common Purpose Navigator programmes counterbalance this effect.

You will develop the tools and support network to thrive during these changing times. Learning from each other’s ideas and experiences, you will explore leadership challenges in diverse workplaces and communities, while examining your personal values and professional skills as a leader.

By taking part in a Common Purpose Navigator programme you will:

  • 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.

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.

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.


Common Purpose Navigator is run in cities across the the UK.

Applying for Common Purpose Navigator

Please fill in the online application form, choosing the date and location you want. 

If you have any questions on how to apply, or want to find out more about Common Purpose Navigator in your city, please contact your local Common Purpose office.

What is the cost to attend Common Purpose Navigator?

The programme fee is £3500 + VAT.

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 UK programme for participants who are genuinely unable - as opposed to unwilling - to meet the full fee. If you feel that you cannot pay the fill in the section on bursary support on the application form. 

Upcoming courses

Programme Start date Location Audience
Common Purpose Navigator North 2017 25/04/2017 Leeds emerging
Common Purpose Navigator West of England 2016 04/07/2017 Bristol emerging