About Us

Our leadership development programmes inspire and equip people to work across boundaries. This enables them to solve complex problems in organizations and in society.

What we do and why we do it

Common Purpose runs leadership development programmes all over the world that inspire and equip people to work across boundaries. This enables them to solve complex problems in organizations and in society.

Founded in 1989, 4,000 leaders now benefit from our programmes every year.

Our Vision

To inspire and equip leaders worldwide to solve complex problems in organizations and in society.

What makes us different?

  • Our global reach, combined with intense local knowledge where we work, allowing us to set global issues in a local context and vice versa.
  • Our thought leadership on Leading Beyond Authority (LBA) and Cultural Intelligence (CQ).
  • A unique learning environment fostered by our experiential methods and chairing techniques.
  • Blended online and offline programmes that have a long-lasting impact on participants.
  • Our not-for-profit status: we give over a third of our potential open course income to offer bursaries to participants. This allows the most capable people to work with us, irrespective of their wealth.

Professor Charles Handy, Writer and social philosopher

"Of all the leadership programmes that I know of, those run by Common Purpose are by far the best... Civil society in a wide range of countries has benefited hugely."

Our Brand Story

‘Most problems spread across boundaries. Most leaders, sadly, stay within them. At Common Purpose, we believe that this just has to change’. So said Julia Middleton in 1989, when she founded Common Purpose in Newcastle, England. And working across boundaries to create profound positive impact is still a core challenge for human beings. 

Since then, this simple message has inspired thousands of leaders worldwide. First expanding throughout the UK, we now work across the globe: every year, 4,000 leaders benefit from our programmes.

They come from all walks of life. And it is this that makes us unique: our convening power and global presence allow us to create a mix on our programmes that broadens horizons and enables people to lead change.

Our programmes are for those seeking to lead better, inspire others, and transform and ultimately solve the problems that they face.

They are for all careers and life stages: for emerging leaders; for corporate executives; for government leaders; for NGO leaders; for students; for senior global leaders.

We are passionate about a world full of leaders who are inspired and equipped to solve complex problems in organizations and in society.