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Disrupt and transform ASEAN leadership

Meet the challenges and demands of a new normal

Key information

Who's it for?

Senior leaders


Asynchronous: 4 hours (18%)
Synchronous: 15 hours (40%)
In-person: 16 hours (42%)


USD 8,000


Experiential and blended



Disruptive forces continue to put pressure on systems, infrastructure, and human capital across the ASEAN. The pace of change is unrelenting, yet the opportunity is huge. The right leadership can help re-imagine economic resilience, build hubs of innovation and creativity, and drive genuine social change.

The ASEAN Leaders Programme is a unique and exclusive programme designed to create a new wave of leadership, one that can both disrupt and transform the ASEAN for the better. Are you ready to cross boundaries and thrive across multiple cultures, find innovative solutions to complex problems, build networks, and tap into the immense potential of the ASEAN community?

Who we work with


Who is it for?

Senior leaders who need to:

  • Influence multiple stakeholders - internally and externally
  • Lead diverse and inclusive teams and job functions 
  • Widen their perspectives and networks 
  • Gain a better understanding of the ASEAN region
  • Lead effectively through challenging times

Valencia Luisa Sabadlan
Former Director, Republic of the Philippines, Office of the President, Commission on Higher Education
"An out-of-the-box-approach of eliciting critical, relevant and responsible thinking and action of a leader."

The programme experience

What you can expect on your programme

Active transformational learning

Highly interactive, hands-on format, experiential, social learning offering an opportunity to practice new behaviours and learn by doing.

Real world

Rooted in real and live issues in a local context. Explored through the eyes of inspirational leaders who share how leadership works in their world.

Powerful networks

Access to ongoing support from a diverse peer group and where you can work together on personal leadership challenges that matter to you.

World class facilitators

Our facilitators co-design an experiential journey and psychologically safe space for learning in partnership with you, creating the conditions for rich feedback, open sharing, and experimentation

Skills, mindsets & knowledge

We explore the three conditions needed to thrive in an ever-changing world, from attitudes and perspectives, to taking an actionable approach

Practical tools and tactics

Real takeaways that you can continue to practice and apply in your everyday work

How it works

The programme themes

How to better understand your culture and how to navigate the region

Understanding the ASEAN context

Dive into the key challenges and opportunities in the region as you explore their interconnectedness and the possibilities for collaboration in the region.

Introduction to Cultural Intelligence (CQ)

Consider what is multi-faceted culture, how it anchors people and what might we consciously choose to adapt/flex in our approach or behaviour to adapt and thrive.

How to work with difference

Embracing difference

Explore what differences people can bring to leadership, and the importance of becoming comfortable in unfamiliar environments.

Adapting our approach

Explore what we can do differently in our leadership when we are faced with different contexts and experiences to what we might be used to.

How to disrupt and innovate

Thriving in uncertainty

Explore how to lead teams through an ever-changing world of risk and uncertainty, and how we support team members to cope, adapt and thrive in times of big and small change.

Solving complex problems

Consider various approaches to effective regional and organizational problem solving.


feel better prepared to build stronger working relationships


feel better prepared to have a greater impact in their organization and/or wider community


would recommend this programme to another person

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Khin Khin Lwin
PhD Student, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (Myanmar)
"The strength of the ASEAN Leaders Programme lies in its experiential component, where cities become classrooms and experts from different fields share their stories. In a sense, it's like our heads and our hearts go on a journey of experience and learning."
Dr. Yang Mee Eng (Ms.)
Executive Director, ASEAN Foundation
"The goals of ASEAN Community can only be achieved with capable leaders at the helm of the public, government and private sectors and the ASEAN Leaders Programme’s peer learning approach enables its participants to develop their leadership skills, build networks and share knowledge which will expedite the process needed to achieve ASEAN Community’s goals."

Learning outcomes

Get ready to thrive in multiple contexts and become


So that you can think, act, and influence strategically in the face of disruption and complexity.

So that you can better adapt and innovate at speed.

So that you can better empower diverse & inclusive teams.

So that you can better leverage leadership and boost personal resilience

The takeaways

Here is an example of some of the toolkit of resources you will receive to help you lead now and into the future.

  • Techniques to work more effectively with difference
  • Tactics for building trusting relationships 
  • A variety of active listening techniques
  • Processes for effective questioning and deep curiosity  
  • Methods to facilitate better conversations

Next steps


Take that next step to invest in your professional success. Learn to lead more strategically at a global level and navigate your next leadership transition with real conviction.

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Important information

We run a limited bursary scheme for remarkable global leaders with a proven track record of social change. Reach out to your local team to find out more. 

We are also committed to and accountable for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all its forms. 

We actively encourage applications from people of all faiths, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances, backgrounds, and those from disabled communities.  

If you require adjustments to take part in the application process or to participate in the programme due to a disability, neurodiversity, caring responsibilities, or any other reason, you will be able to provide details in the application form or contact us by phone or email to discuss further.  

Frequently asked questions

We run a limited bursary scheme for remarkable leaders, with a proven track record of social change. Reach out to your local team to find out more.

We are also committed to and accountable for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all its forms.

We actively encourage applications from people of all faiths, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances, and backgrounds, and those from disabled communities.

If you require adjustments to take part in the application process or to participate in the programme due to a disability, neurodiversity, caring responsibilities, or any other reason, you will be able to provide details in the application form or contact us by phone or email to discuss further.

The challenges and contexts of every organization are different so we believe that leadership programmes should be carefully crafted to what a leader is currently facing, but at the same time preparing them for what comes next.   

After your application form is submitted you will be contacted by a member of our local team to discuss your application and any further details needed.  

Common Purpose offers participants two alternative methods of payment options so we can cater to all needs.

  • By invoice: This can be issued directly to yourself or your organization.
  • By credit card: Please contact a member of our local team who would be happy to facilitate this payment.

Yes, if you have any further questions or would just like to discuss the programme in more detail, please reach out to a member of our team in your specific location who would be delighted to help.

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We are a global not-for-profit leadership development organization on a mission to develop people who can cross cultural, social, and institutional boundaries. We work passionately with people to help push the boundaries of what is possible, all so that they can become those who can help us to work better together, be the connectors of our unique lived experiences and lead, with a difference.

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The benefits of Common Purpose leadership programmes include gaining increased:  

  • Agility in adapting to changing circumstances and environments.  

  • Empathy to what other people feel, think and need. Seeing things from their point of view.

  • Influence in leading change with limited decision-making power.  

  • Openness to new ideas, possibilities and perspectives, including views they might deeply disagree with.    

  • Purposefulness in leading with intentionality, determination, commitment and resilience.

  • Self-awareness to their behaviours and outlook, and how they interpret and respond to situations.

When it comes to learning, there is no substitute for the power of real experience and fresh perspective. Our approach uses a robust behaviour and mindset change philosophy rooted in real life leadership challenges and experiences. To turn those experiences into real learning we follow five tried and tested steps that lead to habitual change in how people think, feel and act.    

  1. Experience: Being presented with new experiences. Engaging with leaders across multiple boundaries and being immersed in new environments.   

  1. Reflection: Learning activities to gain a deeper and more personalized understanding of the learning.    

  1. Translate: Exploring how to relate new ideas and thought processes back into the learner’s role or context.

  1. Practice: Developing a set of leadership practices that can be used to turn new behaviours into habits.

  1. Assess: Embedding numerous assessments to help learners track their progress pre, during and even beyond the programme.

Experiential learning is a core component of our programmes.

Our programmes create a carefully constructed microclimate to explore real-life leadership challenges in a safe environment, often leading to the types of purpose-driven conversations needed to achieve transformative change.

We also focus on the importance of active learning, by getting people out of their comfort zones and into the world, seeing things, meeting people, taking part, and taking advantage of processes that stimulate multiple neural connections in the brain and promote memory.

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  • We deliver unforgettable and transformative learning experiences
  • Programmes for people at all levels of their careers
  • Gain the confidence, skills and mindset to be a purposeful change agent, with a difference

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