Common Purpose Ireland

About Common Purpose

Common Purpose Ireland is a global social enterprise that develops, upskills and connects people from a range of geographies, generations, sectors, specializations, backgrounds and beliefs to help them become more effective leaders. We call this cross-boundary leadership. We use a unique peer to peer experiential approach to broaden people’s perspectives and unlock their true potential. This is real life learning, using the City as the Classroom, creating timely and relevant solutions to the challenges organizations, society and its leaders face every day.

The Common Purpose Programme

Powerful, interactive blended learning for leaders who want to cross boundaries

In these uniquely challenging times, the demand for effective leadership – in our organizations and in society – has never been greater. We face problems that are complex and interconnected – problems that can only be solved by leaders who see the bigger picture and adapt to an ever-changing context.

That's why, at Common Purpose, we have distilled our 30 years of our unique leadership development experience into these two powerful blended programmes for senior and emerging leaders. We believe that now, more than ever, we need to support and develop leaders who can cross boundaries, solve complex problems and produce change.

Find out more about Common Purpose Ireland, our people and our governance.

The Impact of Common Purpose Ireland

Common Purpose delivers leadership programmes in 100 cities around the world. Learn more about the impact our programmes have on individuals, organizations and society.

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Hear from our alumni

“The Common Purpose Meridian course gave me the time to consider leadership in a unique peer to peer environment, and from this programme I hope my leadership style will be a more agile and empathetic one. I operate in a fast paced, multiple stakeholder sector and found this course invaluable in considering complex projects in culturally diverse situations. Another major advantage of the programme is the strong network of alumni senior leaders from around the world I am now part of, and we can collaborate and connect around our common challenges and purposes.”

Susan Kirby, CEO, Screen Producers Ireland

“I joined the Common Purpose programme to invest in my ability to lead with empathy and to learn from other leaders like myself in different sectors from around Ireland. The sessions, leadership and students were incredible. The diversity of experience and backgrounds really deepened the learning experience. I was inspired to discover and gain a more thorough understanding of my core values, which I am happy to say I can better articulate and lead with. I took these core value development learnings from the programme and have applied them at HubSpot. These sessions have led to transformative experiences that strengthen our teams and make a better work environment.”

Michael Ewing, Senior Manager, HubSpot Ireland

“The Common Purpose programme provides an opportunity to connect with those committed to being catalysts for positive change in the city and society, many pioneers and trailblazers in their field.  For me, it was a most enjoyable and enriching experience and a catalyst for personal and professional growth.”

Philip O’Callaghan, Managing Director, The Examcraft Group

"I found the Common Purpose programme very helpful and the presentation style engaging which aided learning is a relaxed environment. The group exercises were particularly useful as a means of reflecting, problem solving and sharing ideas amongst peers. The Immersion days were especially engaging and as a result of the visit to Sport Ireland, I now have an opportunity to give back to the sporting community through an invitation to mentor with them. The learning realized from this programme has helped me transition to a new role in my organization, working with a diverse array of stakeholders, inputting to multi-faceted projects."

Dr. Teresa Hurley, Head of School of Management‌, Technological University of Dublin (TU Dublin)