The impact of our programmes

Riaz Shah, Partner, EY

"Common Purpose’s proposition around leadership and Cultural Intelligence is cutting edge, speaking to the heart of the leadership challenge of society today."

In 2018, Common Purpose delivered programmes in 52 cities for 7,167 leaders

They came from 113 countries, representing over 1,000 organizations and universities

They join over 80,000 Common Purpose alumni worldwide

Measuring our impact

Common Purpose develops leaders who can cross boundaries: between sectors and specializations, geographies and generations, backgrounds and beliefs. This enables them to solve complex problems both in organizations and in cities.

We measure our impact through the eight leadership competencies in our Impact Quadrant.





Develop as a Leader

Lead Beyond Authority

Leading beyond traditional spheres of authority and taking greater responsibility for the whole 

Grow Cultural Intelligence

Crossing divides and thriving in multiple cultures

Clarify Purpose

Strengthening purpose and broadening horizons to create impact in cities and communities 

HRH The Princess Royal talks about the importance of Leadership at CSCLeaders

Participants leading beyond their authority on a Common Purpose programme

Rakesh Khurana, Dean, Harvard College

"In our ever more complex and interconnected world which has no obvious historical parallel, Common Purpose has developed a breakthrough idea about the importance of cultural intelligence (CQ) in order to navigate both this new world and its contradictions. It has important implications and raises questions about our current systems for those of us involved in educating and developing our future global citizens."

Broaden your Networks

Spot Connections

Making links between different people to achieve a shared goal

Work in Collaboration

Crossing boundaries to tackle complex problems 

Build Relationships

Developing deep relationships across a diverse mix of people

RONALD ARCULLI, Senior Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Hong Kong

"Common Purpose is quite unique in that it provides a cross-sector platform to engage, empower and inspire people from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to combine efforts and make cities work better."

Participants create networks and expand horizons on a Common Purpose programme

Kuben Naidoo, Head of Secretariat, National Planning Commission

“Leadership today is about understanding people, events and circumstances – the more you understand them, the greater your ability to impact upon them, and Common Purpose gives you this understanding.”

Make better Decisions

Thrive in Complexity

Navigating complex situations involving multiple stakeholders

Widen Context

Making decisions based on an informed, broad viewpoint

Confront Bias

Minimising the impact of pre-judgement on decisions

Alice Lang, Oxford University Student and Rhodes Scholar, Participant, Global Leader Experiences, Oxford

"The Common Purpose programme took me out of my academic discipline silo and challenged me to work with people I would never normally. It forced me to truly understand where people are coming from, what their worldview is and how to effectively work with such a diverse group. This has hugely benefitted my work at Boston Consulting Group and future career plans in China."

Drive bold Innovation

Think the Unthinkable

Applying fresh solutions to existing problems 

Leverage Diversity

Innovating by leveraging diversity

Move to Action

Creating lasting change in organizations, cities and communities

Becoming more Innovative with Common Purpose
Dominic Akandwanaho, Student, Harvard University 2014

"This has been wonderful overall. I have been challenged and inspired equally. I feel more prepared than ever before to launch my ideas into the world!"

Participants gain fresh perspectives on Common Purpose programmes

Be a leader who can cross boundaries