Common Purpose Navigator is a unique experiential leadership training programme designed to broaden the horizons and perspectives of bright, young professionals.


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. Navigator provides you with a safe space to share your own leadership challenges with fellow participants.

Peter Tse, Superintendent, Hong Kong Police Force

“In reality, different stakeholders have different agendas and priorities. To achieve common purpose, lobbying and engagement are needed.”

Who is Common Purpose Navigator for?

Usually, but not exclusively, participants on a Common Purpose Navigator are in the first 10 years of their careers and are under the age of 35. They come from extremely diverse backgrounds, representing a balance of the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Why Common Purpose Navigator?

Benefits of the programme

  • An understanding of how a range of organisations, across the sectors, deal with common issues.
  • The chance to meet and engage senior decision-makers and leaders from a variety of backgrounds.
  • An opportunity to spend an intensive residential period learning with peers from very different backgrounds and professions.
  • An increase in their Cultural Intelligence – their ability to work well with people who are different from themselves.
  • The courage to step outside the perimeters of day-to-day experience.

Trevor Tang, Business Analysis Manager, Towngas

“I really appreciated that Common Purpose provided me with a risk free environment for practicing my leadership skill and exercising my courage.”

Programme format

The programme is designed to reflect current issues and themes. It is characterised by variety and challenge, with participants visiting sites and engaging in group-work.

Participants take part in several types of leadership engagement:
  • Core days: Explore key leadership themes as participants learn from each others' ideas and experiences.
  • Raids: In small groups participants head out into "someone else's world" and find out how change happens there.
  • Forums: Participants meet leaders who do things in different or unconventional ways and yet succeed. In groups, they work together on leadership challenges, coaching each other.
  • Trans-local modules (optional): Participants gain new perspectives by attending a module in another town, city or country to learn how their counterparts elsewhere tackle challenges.

Important information

The next Navigator course will run in 2018. If you would like more details in the meantime please email John-Paul Lui, Programme Manager at

Financial assistance: To avoid exclusion of candidates on financial grounds, individual negotiation of fees is possible.