Future Leader Experiences

Students connect with senior leaders and go behind the scenes in their city to explore how to be a leader with CQ.

Over three days, Future Leader Experiences (FLE) immerses students into their city; here they broaden their horizons by meeting a diverse range of senior leaders in public, private and not-for-profit organizations to explore how decisions are made and how change happens. As a result of the programmes students learn how to lead change; they develop the skills required to understand and navigate complexity and the Cultural Intelligence needed to work with diverse groups.

Why do universities choose FLE?

  • Unlock skills and competencies students need to be successful in their futures
  • Strengthen relationships with local stakeholders
  • Support students’ integration into the community and city
  • Increase international students’ access to a diverse range of leaders and organizations
Goda Gavenyte, Student, Lancaster University

“The leadership programme is one of the most valuable courses I have ever attended. I met inspiring speakers, broadened my network and gained knowledge about leadership. For the first time in my life I was surrounded by people who were from absolutely different cultural backgrounds. Because of the programme, I’m more confident I can be a successful leader in the future!” 

Learning outcomes

As a result of the programme students will have developed, and be able to demonstrate, the competencies required to be successful in the 21st century.


Through deepening their understanding of other cultures they will be more Empathetic

Through suspending assumptions they will be more Open

Through adapting to new environments they will be more Agile

How it works

Students prepare for the programme by getting to know each other and setting their learning goals.

The City & Leadership

Students explore leadership and CQ. Through discussions with fellow participants, they explore how to work with a diverse range of people with differing opinions. They have interactive conversations with senior leaders, who share their experiences of leading change. Students also reflect on their personal perspectives of what makes a leader and what type of leader they want to be.


Students visit organizations across different sectors, to learn from the successes and failures of the people who lead there. Students are encouraged to explore the culture of their host organizations, and reflect how they operate in unfamiliar environments.

Real Life Challenges

Students work in small groups to tackle the challenge set by local public, private and not-for-profit organizations. They present their ideas to a leader within the organization and gain feedback before returning to the wider group.


Students reflect on the three days to understand how to move forward and articulate their learning. Students also plan for a specific goal of theirs and think about how to use their leadership skills to get there and achieve that aspirational goal.

Students join an alumni network of over 90,000 leaders worldwide. Our online platform provides the opportunity of life-long learning through networking and connecting with other Common Purpose Alumni through our global connect events.

Why do students want to take part?

Because they want to

  • develop the self-belief they can be a leader – with the Cultural Intelligence needed to lead in today’s world
  • develop leadership skills & competencies – crucial to being successful in the 21st century
  • learn how to lead change – bring a fresh approach to complex issues
  • gain new networks – with the breadth of relationships needed today and tomorrow.
Heather Thomas, Student, University of East Anglia

“This programme has allowed me to develop practical skills within the workplace. As a result of the programme, I have felt more motivated and inspired. I now feel more confident in my abilities as a leader and I feel able to make use of my strengths and work on my weaknesses.”

Olivia Martin, Student, University of Leeds

“It’s valuable – I have learnt so much. I’ve had the opportunity to meet and talk to people that I never would have before and gained vital networks through this. I would recommend this to anyone.”

Junaid's Common Purpose story - A case study

Students increase their skills and competencies with Common Purpose


Number of Students




Cost per student


*Most programmes are free of charge for students. Universities may on occasion and at their discretion choose to pass on costs to their students.

*Each price includes all curriculum design, project management, contributor and visit host recruitment, programme delivery and materials, staffing, staff travel and accommodation, evaluation and post-programme alumni engagement. We also provide recruitment materials and a virtual information session to potential applicants. Please note that the above costs do not include VAT as well as associated costs such as venues, AV equipment, catering, student travel and any student accessibility requirements (such as BSL interpreters), which are the responsibility of the university.