Knowledge Hub

Our Knowledge Hub articles present deeper insight into areas of leadership we think are important.

How do you lead change in different organizations?

Most good leaders know that leadership is all about context. The most effective leadership style in a multi-national bank may be very different to the most effective leadership style in a small charity.So how does the structure of your organization change the way in which you lead?

How do millennials escape the echo chamber?


All my voting life, I have been taking part in elections in which I have been wrong. I don’t mean wrong about who or what I voted for; indeed, my political views are irrelevant. I mean there hasn’t been an election that has taken place since 2009...

How to lead a team split by technology?

Knowledge gaps are one thing, but differing attitudes towards technology, if left unaddressed, can be a silent source of destruction within a team. We asked Common Purpose alumni: what should you consider if you have to lead across technological boundaries?

How do we make Global Goal 17 work?

World Leaders have committed to the UN’s 17 Global Goals for sustainability in the next 15 years. The goals aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice and fix climate change. All of the Goals are important, but for the last 25 years, we at Common Purpose have been working to address one Goal in particular – Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals.

Leading Beyond Authority

Many successful leaders learn to lead in roles or circumstances where they have clear authority – they have a budget, accountability and a team of people whose job it is to support them. The result of this leadership model however is that many organizations operate in silos. Organizations need leaders to see across the whole organization and make the sum of the parts greater than the whole.

In this article we explore the concept and discuss some of the necessary attributes and approaches for someone who can lead beyond their authority. We have also developed a way for you to assess whether you are currently leading beyond your authority.

What is Cultural Intelligence?

The world is shrinking and leaders from different cultures are finding that they need to work together. For this, leaders need Cultural Intelligence - the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures.

In this article we explore what it means to be culturally intelligent and offer ways to develop your own Cultural Intelligence; through videos, quizzes and insightful stories from other leaders.

Smart Cities: Cities as Magnets

At Common Purpose we believe that cities need to act as magnets. Drawing people in - citizens, leaders and young talent.

Cities are at the top of the agenda today. The widely accepted predictions are that 75% of the world’s population will live in them by 2050. Cities will face huge pressures particularly on energy, food and water and the forces of fragmentation will be immense. The political, legal, economic, financial and institutional infrastructure in cities will have to adapt and deliver fast.